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NW PADDRECC Deep Brain Stimulation

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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

  • a diagnosis of idiopathic Parkinson's disease
  • patient has run out of medication therapy options
  • persistent disabling symptoms such as troubling dyskinesias or disabling "off" periods at least three hours a day despite medication therapy
  • no previous Parkinson's disease surgery
  • no other implanted stimulation or electronically-controlled devices
  • no dementia problems

For more information about DBS surgery, contact Susan O'Connor at (503) 721-1091.