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Deep brain stimulation

  • Deep brain stimulation (DBS) at Abbott Northwestern Hospital is one of the top programs of its kind in the state of Minnesota. We offer a collaborative approach to serving patients, highly accessible services, and a supportive care coordinator who guides patients through every step of the DBS journey.

    What is deep brain stimulation?

    Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure that is used to treat a variety of symptoms caused by Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, and other movement disorders.

    In this procedure, a thin wire is placed in a specific part of the brain. Our procedure allows us to place electrodes on both sides of the brain in the same operation. A battery is implanted right beneath the skin of the chest and acts as a pacemaker for the brain. After the DBS device is implanted, the wire from the brain is connected to a wire that runs under the skin to the battery in the chest.

    The DBS system creates electrical stimulation that is sent from the battery pack in the chest up to the electrode in the brain. Each patient’s DBS system is programmed specifically to meet their individual needs.

    What conditions can be treated by DBS?

    Deep brain stimulation can treat symptoms of the following movement disorders:

    Parkinson’s disease
    Tremor, slowness and stiffness

    Essential tremor
    Tremor in the hands and arms and can be effective in treating head tremor

    Dystonia
    Abnormal contractions in the body

    Deep brain stimulation at Abbott Northwestern Hospital

    Our program offers:

    • Dedicated DBS staff
    • Bilateral DBS surgery
    • Flexible locations
    • Post-surgery therapy services
    • Support for patients and families
    • Education 

    Publications

    Brochure 

    Patient roadmap