Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a primary concentration of research at the NW PADRECC. This procedure involves implanting a very thin electrode into the brain. The implant uses small electrical pulses from a device similar to a cardiac pacemaker to stimulate the brain and block brain signals that cause Parkinson's symptoms. DBS may be used to improve motor function and relieve tremors.
Deep Brain Stimulation is now being offered to all qualifying patients. Some of the basic criteria required to qualify includes
For more information about DBS surgery, contact Susan O'Connor at (503) 721-1091.