Denver DBS Center

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has helped more than 100,000 patients over a quarter of a century take back their lives. DBS helps control tremors by delivering tiny electrical signals into one of three target areas of the brain that control movement. 

DBS has been proven effective for Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).  

And now, the Denver DBS Center is pleased to offer patients the new two-step Asleep DBS that reduces the number of procedures and surgery time, allows patients to remain asleep during all surgeries, and improves electrode placement. 

Why Choose the Denver DBS Center?

  • One of only a few centers in the world to provide both Asleep and Awake DBS procedures
  • More than six years of experience performing hundreds of DBS surgeries
  • Complication rate well below national average
  • Superior electrode placement, the most vital aspect of the surgery
  • Customized care and attention, with a patient concierge service, coordinated pre- and post-surgery visits,  and inpatient programming
  • Partners with your neurologist


A patient with Parkinson's Disease talks about his DBS experience.


Katie Strittmatter underwent Asleep DBS to treat Parkinson's disease at Littleton Adventist Hospital. The surgery was performed by Dr. David VanSickle of the Denver DBS Center. Watch Katie's story in her own words.










More patient stories




Neurosurgery One Uses Advanced Imaging in Asleep DBS

Posted by NeurosurgeryOne on Tue, Sep, 03, 2019 @ 18:09 PM

Some of the best technology in CT scanning combined with high-quality neurosurgery earlier this month to create a "first" in the operating room at LAH and a first for Neurosurgery One.

It wasn't just the first at this hospital, or even in the state of Colorado. It was the first in the world, according to the neurosurgeon who made it happen: David VanSickle, MD, with Neurosurgery One.

On Aug. 8, 2019, Dr. VanSickle successfully used the advanced OmniTom CT scanner during Asleep Robotic Deep Brain Stimulation. It was the first surgical case in the world using the device.

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DBS benefits for Parkinson's

Posted by David VanSickle on Thu, Jul, 30, 2015 @ 09:07 AM

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been used successfully since 1987 to help reduce and control the symptoms of Parkinson’s patients. Absent a cure, DBS remains a highly effective treatment for Parkinson’s and research continues to substantiate this belief. We now know that DBS works more effectively than medications alone in controlling Parkinson’s symptoms. And, researchers have recently found that DBS can extend lifespan. In effect, DBS is providing better and longer lives to Parkinson’s patients than most other medical treatments.



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Traditional Deep Brain Stimulation Technique Being Outpaced by Newer Techniques That Allow More Accurate Electrode Placement

Posted by David VanSickle on Mon, Jun, 29, 2015 @ 11:06 AM

The most popular method for determining where to place electrodes during deep brain stimulation may not be the most effective or the least risky. The vast majority of DBS centers today continue to offer traditional awake DBS using microelectrode recording (MER) to place leads, a technique that was developed a quarter of a century ago.

Many of these centers are clinging to this method in the false belief of “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” Indeed, results of DBS using this method have proven to be superior over the use of medications alone in controlling symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, improving quality of life, and lengthening lifespan.

However, it is important that we recognize the lack of evidence supporting this technique in achieving the best lead placement accuracy possible and that we also recognize the advancements made in recent years, including Asleep DBS and robotic-assisted DBS, and their potential of achieving greater results.

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Tags: Asleep deep brain stimulation, dbs, deep brain stimulation, Lead placement for DBS

Medical research supports new Asleep deep brain stimulation

Posted by David VanSickle on Thu, Dec, 11, 2014 @ 15:12 PM

Asleep deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an advancement in DBS that allows the procedure to be performed while the patient is asleep. This advancement has been offered for two years by leading neurosurgeons, including the Denver DBS Center, Barrow Neurological Institute and Oregon Health & Science University.

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Busting Deep Brain Stimulation Myths and Advancing Treatment for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

Posted by David VanSickle on Wed, Oct, 29, 2014 @ 09:10 AM

Deep brain stimulation is no longer an experimental procedure for people in the most desperate situations. DBS has been used successfully in more than 100,000 patients during the past quarter of a century. A multitude of studies have shown its effectiveness and safety, and deep brain stimulation research and advancements are occurring nearly daily.

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