The deep brain stimulation (DBS) program partnership between Noran Neurological Clinic, Metropolitan Neurosurgery, Abbott Northwestern Hopsital, and the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is one of the top programs of its kind in the state of Minnesota. We offer a collaborative approach to serving patients, highly accessible services, and a supportive care coordinator who guides patients through every step of the DBS journey.
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure that is used to help control movement symptoms of Parkinson’s, essential tremor, and other movement disorders. In particular, it can help with tremor (shaking), slowed movement (bradykinesia), and stiffness (rigidity). When medications aren’t as effective as they used to be and your symptoms make everyday life a challenge, you and your doctor may consider DBS surgery.
DBS uses a small, pacemaker-like device, placed under the skin of the chest, to send electronic signals to an area in the brain that controls movement. To give you relief, these signals block some of the brain messages that cause the movement symptoms of Parkinson’s. Each patient’s DBS system is programmed specifically to meet their individual needs.
In this procedure, a thin wire is placed in a specific part of the brain. The procedure allows a neurosurgeon to place electrodes on both sides of the brain in the same operation. A battery is implanted right beneath the skin of the chest and acts as a pacemaker for the brain. After the DBS device is implanted, the wire from the brain is connected to a wire that runs under the skin to the battery in the chest.
Deep brain stimulation can treat symptoms of the following movement disorders:
Tremor, slowness and stiffness
Tremor in the hands and arms and can be effective in treating head tremor
Abnormal contractions in the body
The right time for DBS is when your medications still work, but not as well as they used to.
Watch for these signs that your medications are not working as well as they used to:
Let your doctor know anytime you notice a change in your condition or symptoms. They will help determine if your treatment needs to be adjusted, or if there is something else going on.
If you and your doctor have decided that DBS may be the best next step for you, you're probably wondering what to expect. As you begin the process of determining whether you are a candidate for DBS, you can count on the Noran Neurological Clinic program and partners to offer:
Dr. Eleanor Orehek
Movement Disorder Specialist
Noran Neurological Clinic
Fred Manning, a patient of Dr. Eleanor Orehek, began the DBS process at the end of 2020 and completed his surgery and device programming at the beginning of 2021. Watch as he discusses his first hand experience with Deep Brain Stimulation surgery (DBS) and shares how it has changed his life.
If you are interested in hearing more from Dr. Orehek and Dr. Nelson, you can watch video or listen to an audio recording from a previous presentation here. Events are held a few times a year, so watch for future events as they are scheduled.
Listen to Audio from October 30, 2018 DBS Program
Watch recording of our most recent Nov. 17, 2022 Virtual DBS Program below.
Here is a PowerPoint Slide Deck:
DBS Presentation Slides
You can call 651-241-8297 to speak to our DBS program coordinator, Anushka Mohideen, and learn more about our deep brain stimulation program at any time. Anushka is also the APDA Information and Referral Coordinator.
apdaparkinson.org (keyword: DBS)