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Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep brain stimulation is a surgical treatment option for patients suffering from Parkinson's disease and essential tremors. View a video presented by Dr. Albert Fenoy about how DBS is used to treat conditions and movement disorders:

 

Latest Advances

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) recently became the first hospital in Texas to implant the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Percept PC Deep Brain Stimulation system by Medtronic in patients with neurologic disorders. The first-of-its-kind neurostimulator uses BrainSense Technology and has the ability to capture and record the user’s brain signals while delivering therapy to patients with neurologic disorders associated with such conditions as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, epilepsy or obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Read the full press release.

Deep Brain Stimulation: The Procedure

Deep brain stimulation involves the implantation of a device that acts like a pacemaker for the brain, sending mild electrical signals to specific parts of the brain.  The signals reorganize the brain's electrical impulses, resulting in improved symptoms for many neurological conditions.

Although deep brain stimulation is not a cure for Parkinson's disease and does not slow down its progression, it can dramatically reduce symptoms of Parkinson's disease and improve the quality of life for many patients.

 

Courtesy of KHOU TV, Great Day Houston.

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