What is Deep Brain Stimulation and how can it improve quality of life for those with Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s Disease and Tremors
To start, Parkinson’s Disease is a primary cause of neurological disability in people over 60 years of age. Many of those affected exhibit symptoms externally in the form of tremors mostly in the arms or hands while they are at rest or in a fixed position. The tremors are the repetitive, involuntary contraction and relaxation of muscles.
Living with tremors can be frustrating and sometimes embarrassing for the sufferer. When hands and arms tremble uncontrollably, simple activities like eating, drinking, and writing can be exceedingly difficult. Unfortunately, this debilitation can lead to social isolation and depression.
Deep Brain Stimulation Tremor Control Therapy (Activa System)
The traditional treatment for tremor is drug therapy. However, if drug therapy is no longer effective in controlling tremors, DBS may be the next option. The surgically implanted, battery-operated device blocks electrical signals from targeted areas in the brain, decreasing tremor severity.
As seen in the video, when activated the DBS very noticeably reduces tremors. Keep in mind that it does not cure tremors; tremors are controlled but will return when the system is turned off. However, it is crucial for quality of life to manage tremors so that day-to-day, ordinary activities do not become a burden.
Click here to learn more details about Deep Brain Stimulation Tremor Control Therapy (Activa System), benefits, risks, surgical process, and next steps to determine if DBS is right for you.
Dr. Duma’s experience with the treatment of movement disorders, began in 1987 and makes him one of the most experienced in his field. In fact, as a leading brain surgeon in Orange County, CA, he has performed the most surgeries (including many DBS implant procedures) for Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders in the region. Contact Dr. Duma at 949-642-6787 or request an appointment to discuss your options.