Penn State Hershey Medical: Brain Stimulation

Deep Brain Stimulation or DBS is a surgical procedure used to treat a variety of disabling neurological symptoms.

“Stimulation is used to treat Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor. It’s also used to treat the most commonly debilitating symptoms of these diseases, such as tremor, rigidity, stiffness, slowed movement, and walking problems,” explains Dr. McInerney.

“The DBS system consists of three components: the lead, the extension, and the neurostimulator. The lead (also called an electrode) is a thin, insulated wire and is inserted through a small opening in the skull and implanted in the brain. The tip of the electrode is positioned within the targeted area of the brain. Implanting these devices takes a great deal of preparation and planning but very little surgery. The surgery involves just a few small incisions and as a result, people tend to heal from it very well.”

To learn more about this exciting new treatment method, visit their website or call 717-531-3828.

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