APDA American Parkinson Disease Association
Information & Referral Center

Surgical Therapies

Patients who suffer from Parkinson's Disease may be candidates for deep brain stimulation (DBS), a therapy approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1997. With DBS, a surgically implanted medical device delivers controlled electrical stimulation to targeted areas of the brain, similar to a cardiac pacemaker. The goal is to reorganize the abnormal brain signals that cause disabling motor symptoms.

DBS is a very effective treatment for some -- but not all -- with PD. Discuss whether you are a good candidate for DBS with the movement disorder specialist on your care team.

If you live in Northern California, contact the APDA Information & Referral Center at Stanford for a referral to a movement disorder specialist near you.

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