Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Surgery


Today, the most common approach to treating essential tremor when medications no longer help is deep brain stimulation (DBS). This form of treatment consists of two staged surgeries to implant an electrode deep into the brain, tunnel the wires under the skin down the neck and implant a pulse generator below the skin near the collar bone. This treatment targets the same location as the Neuravive focused ultrasound treatment. DBS requires follow up throughout the patient’s life for adjustment of stimulation and eventual replacement of generator(s) to replace batteries. As an invasive surgery to access the brain, DBS poses risks typically associated with surgery, such as infection and bleeding in the brain, and with implantation of chronic hardware in the body, such as infection and potential equipment malfunction.

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