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Deep Brain Stimulation

SKU# 9781936303113

A New Life for People with Parkinson's, Dystonia, and Essential Tremor

Author: Kelvin L. Chou MD, Parag Patil MD, PhD, Susan Grube RN, MSN


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In the United States, an estimated 42 million people suffer from some form of movement disorder. Common movement disorders include Parkinson's disease (PD), essential tremor (ET), and dystonia. Although medications may be helpful for these conditions, in many patients, symptoms cannot be controlled with medications alone. In such situations, their physicians may recommend a surgical procedure known as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). DBS is a revolutionary technology using an implanted device to deliver electrical stimulation to the brain to help symptoms, alleviate suffering, and improve quality of life. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved DBS as a treatment for essential tremor in 1997, for Parkinson's disease in 2002, and dystonia in 2003.

Deep brain stimulation has dramatically changed the lives of many patients with uncontrollable tremors. Patients often can resume normal activities, such as feeding and dressing themselves, and can have active and fulfilling lives. The need for anti-tremor medications is often reduced or eliminated.

Though it's no longer considered experimental, DBS is, for now, still used as a second- or third-line treatment, reserved for patients with more advanced cases of the disease and those for whom medication alone is inadequate or can't be adjusted precisely enough to keep their tremors and writhing under control.

However the idea of this surgery being a "last resort" is an evolving concept. Ten years ago doctors were operating on only the most severe, disabled, wheelchair-dependent patients, now they are operating on patients with moderate-to-severe cases of PD, ET and Dystonia. The thought is that this trend will continue. Instead of saying "wait another five to ten years until you become more disabled" doctors are realizing that the earlier they use DBS, the more they can improve the quality of life of their patients.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 21, 2011
  • Page Count 166
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781936303113
  • EISBN 9781617050633

Table of Contents 

"Foreword, Joseph H. Friedman, MD
1. A Little History on Deep Brain Stimulation
2. How Does DBS Work and What Can It Do for Me?
3. Do I Qualify for Surgery?
4. Choosing the Health Care Team that Is Right for You
5. Your Social Support Network-Family and Friends
6. How to Prepare for the Big Day
7. What Should I Expect during the Surgery?
8. I Had the Surgery. Now What?
9. Taking Care of Your DBS System and Other Precautions
10. Stimulator Battery Maintenance and Checkups
11. My Symptoms Are Not Under Control-Troubleshooting Your System
12. Health Risks and Possible Complications in Surgery
13. Long-Term Clinical and Side Effects
14. Frequently Asked Questions
A. Glossary of Terms
B. Support Organizations
C. List of Commonly Prescribed Medications

Editorial Review(s) 

“Everything you need to know about deep brain stimulation. From the first consideration to long-term care, this is an invaluable resource that patients, their families, and their physicians will want at their fingertips.” —Matthew B. Stern, MD, Parker Family Professor of Neurology, Director, Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, University of Pennsylvania

“Finally! A comprehensive, no-nonsense, authoritatively written book on deep brain stimulation, specifically for the patient and caregiver. It masterfully navigates the full journey of anyone considering DBS from start to finish, painting a clear, step-by-step, realistic picture of this life-changing breakthrough therapy.” —Hubert H. Fernandez, MD, Online Medical Editor, Movement Disorders Society and Head of Movement Disorders, Center for Neurological Restoration, Cleveland Clinic

“A must-read for patients considering DBS surgery.” —Rajesh Pahwa, MD, Laverne and Joyce Rider Professor of Neurology, Director, Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorder Center, University of Kansas Medical Center