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DBS benefits for Parkinson's

Posted by David VanSickle on Tue, Aug, 04, 2015 @ 08:08 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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Newer Deep Brain Stimulation Technique Outpaces Traditional

Posted by David VanSickle on Tue, Jun, 30, 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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Medical research supports new Asleep deep brain stimulation

Posted by David VanSickle on Tue, Nov, 11, 2014 @ 11:11 AM

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.

DBS has proved so effective over the past 30 years at controlling the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease that any change in the procedure needs to be carefully scrutinized. Two authoritative studies now show that asleep DBS is as effective as traditional deep brain stimulation that requires the patient to be awake during the brain surgery.

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

Posted by David VanSickle on Tue, Nov, 04, 2014 @ 11:11 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.

Yet millions of patients with Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and other motion disorders are suffering today with symptoms that have virtually stopped them from living the type of life they relish. Most of these people are continuing to live with these symptoms either because they have not been provided with accurate information about deep brain stimulation or they do not have access to the procedure.

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