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Deep Brain Stimulation

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Neurosurgeons at Baystate Medical Center are the only providers who offer deep brain stimulation (DBS) in western Massachusetts. Baystate is also one of the few places in the country to use a frameless technique during DBS surgery, which can mean greater comfort, a faster recovery, and a more personalized approach.

What is Deep Brain Stimulation?

DBS is a surgical procedure that’s been approved by the FDA to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, epilepsy, and dystonia.

While it is not a cure, DBS often makes a remarkable difference for people living with very challenging symptoms.

During the procedure, thin electrodes are implanted in your brain. These electrodes are connected to a battery placed in your chest, similar to a pacemaker. The device sends electrical impulses to a specific part of your brain in order to block the brain signals that are causing your symptoms.

Who is a Good Candidate for Deep Brain Stimulation?

If you have a movement disorder, such as tremors or Parkinson’s disease, you know living with the symptoms is difficult. Your doctor may prescribe medications to treat these symptoms.

But medications may not always work well. They can become less effective over time and may interfere with your normal activities.

DBS is an alternative if medications and other treatments don’t provide the relief you need. Your neurosurgeon will work closely with you to explore the right treatment plan for you.

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