How Is Deep Brain Stimulation Used for Parkinson's?

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Deep Brain Stimulation is essentially a pacemaker of the brain, it's very similar to a cardiac pacemaker. We put small electrode the size of angel hair pasta into the deep nuclei of the brain that are involved in Parkinson's disease connected to a little generator in the chest wall and program some of the symptoms out.

It's very successful in the right candidate in a carefully chosen candidate, is not a last resort option for Parkinson disease, Parkinson's specialist are using it more and more in that earlier stages of the disease when te medications are still working, but the patient is beginning to have a little bit of the wearing off or a little bit of just kinesia and simply one of the reasons to use it is not just symptomatic treatment, but planning in advance so that we don't keep racking up their medication [xx].