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
Join us for a Free Virtual Seminar on Feb. 26, 2021
Join Dr. Eleanor Orehek and Dr. Kyle Nelson on Friday, February 26, 2021 for a virtual seminar focusing on Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy for the movement symptoms of Parkinson's Disease and Essential Tremor.
When: Friday, February 26, 2021
10:00AM - 11:30AM
Where: Virtual Zoom Event - join us from your computer, tablet, or smart phone.
Who: Those who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease or Essential Tremor and their family.
Contact: Please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your registration link. You may also contact Anushka with any questions by calling 651-241-8297.
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.
Watch recording of July 24, 2020 Virtual DBS Program below.
Please note, the first several minutes are cut off in the below recording. Here is an introduction to the presentation from the DBS Program Coordinator:
"My name is Anushka, and I work with the Deep Brain Stimulation program at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Thank you for joining us for this educational seminar on Deep Brain Stimulation as a treatment option for Parkinson's disease and Essential Tremor, presented by Dr. Eleanor Orehek from the Noran Neurological Clinic and Dr. Kyle Nelson from Metropolitan Neurosurgery. If you have any questions as you listen to this seminar (originally recorded on July 24, 2020), please do not hesitate to reach out to me at 651-241-8297 or email@example.com. I am happy to help."
Here is the full PowerPoint Slide Deck, including the first five slides that were cut off in the recording.
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)