What Is Deep Brain Stimulation, Why Is It Done and Who Should Get It?

Deep brain stimulation is a procedure used in neurosurgery that involves implanting electrodes in certain areas of the brain. These electrodes produce electrical impulses that regulate normal impulses. The electrical impulses may also be used to affect certain cells and chemicals within the brain. In the procedure, a pacemaker-like device is the placed under the skin of the upper chest which controls the amount of stimulation. Deep brain stimulation is used to treat a number of neurological conditions such as:

·         Essential tremor
·         Parkinson's disease
·         Dystonia
·         Epilepsy
·         Tourette syndrome
·         Chronic pain
·         Obsessive compulsive disorder
Deep brain stimulation may also be used in the future for the treatment of major depression, stroke recovery, addiction and dementia. Experiments and clinical trials are going on for better understanding in these matters.

Why is it done?
Deep brain stimulation, or DBS, is an established treatment used by neurologists and neurosurgeons for movement disorders such as essential tremor, Parkinson’s disease and dystonia, and also, as found out recently, obsessive compulsive disorder.

Who should get DBS done?
Although this treatment is reserved for people who aren’t able to get control of their symptoms even with medications, anyone who would get significant benefit from this treatment can undergo the operation. It’s not necessary to suffer for years after diagnosis with a movement disorder, or get to know every known medicine before considering DBS.
You can find the best neurosurgeons in Gurgaon and NCR, as well as the best neurologists in Gurgaon and NCR, if you consider getting this procedure done.