Brain Stimulation (DBS) is an FDA-approved treatment that can effectively
suppress many of the debilitating symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease
and Essential tremor such as rigidity, stiffness and/or mobility
impairments. It is an adjustable device that allows people with movement
disorders to have greater control over their movements and improved ease
in performing everyday tasks.
DBS is also FDA-approved in the management of
dystonia and for the treatment of chronic, severe obsessive-compulsive disorder
DBS involves a precise, gentle surgical technique using insulated
wires and a pacemaker-like device. The system delivers controlled and
adjustable levels of electrical signals to the brain to reduce symptoms of
Parkinson’s disease and tremor.
DBS therapy has benefited more than 120,000
patients worldwide over the past 20 years who were not responsive to first-line
therapies such as medication.
After battling essential tremor for 30 years, a Maplewood man received life-changing Deep Brain Stimulations surgery at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Gregg Dyste, MD, Metropolitan Neurosurgery, and Okeanis Vaou, MD, Noran Neurological Clinic, collaborated on implanting the device that gave Dennis Russell a normal life again.