The idea of brain surgery can seem frightening. But for many with Parkinson’s disease (PD), deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a procedure that can have a significant positive impact on their quality of life. It’s important to note that it cannot help everyone with PD, and it may not be the right choice for you or your loved one for a variety of reasons – but APDA has a wealth of resources to help you learn more and answer many of your questions.
What is DBS? DBS is a surgical procedure in which thin electrodes are implanted into parts of the brain that control movement, with a goal of reducing tremor, off time or dyskinesias, and potentially improving quality of life. As mentioned, DBS can make a substantial difference for some people living with PD, but it comes with many questions – who is best suited for the treatment? Is it only for people with advanced symptoms? What are the risks? What can I expect during and after a DBS procedure?
Whether or not to proceed with DBS is a decision only you and your medical team can make, based on your specific situation. We hope the resources below will help you learn about the procedure, the pros and cons, and some of the important questions to ask so you can have a productive conversation with your doctor, should you choose to do so.
Advances in DBS: In this recent edition of Dr. Gilbert Hosts, we speak to Dr. Alan Mogilner, an expert in DBS, about the most recent advances in DBS technology.
Updates on PD Treatments, including DBS: A recent webinar in our “Spotlight” series, Spotlight on Parkinson’s Disease: What’s New in PD Treatment reviews the latest in all PD treatments, including developments in DBS treatment.
DBS Research to help gait and balance: APDA-funded researcher Dr. Aasef G. Shaikh is working hard to develop a DBS-based therapeutic approach to improve balance, gait and postural instability in PD. Learn more about his exciting research (that even uses a machine used by NASA to train astronauts!) and what fuels his passion for his work.
We encourage you to share these resources with your friends and family who might benefit from learning more.
Here are a few exciting programs coming up soon (check our virtual events calendar for a full listing):
- March 17, 1 p.m. ET: Dr. Gilbert Hosts with special guest Dr. Clemens Scherzer. Expert discussion and live Q&A about genetics and PD!
- March 22, 1 p.m. ET: Spotlight on Parkinson’s Disease: Searching for Ways to Stop Disease ProgressionExpert perspectives on promising therapies in development to address disease progression — with an extended Q&A session!
- March 25, 1 p.m. ET:Let’s Keep Moving with APDA: Movement & Speech Experts in physical therapy and speech therapy will discuss the connections between movement and speech, and answer your questions live during the program
Remember, APDA is here for you every step of the way. Please do not hesitate to reach out via our APDA helpline at (800-223-2732) or emails us at email@example.com.