If you have epilepsy or a movement disorder and your medication doesn’t control your symptoms, you may be a candidate for deep brain stimulation. The team at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine has extensive experience helping patients overcome their symptoms with deep brain stimulation, a treatment that’s reversible and often produces rapid, dramatic symptom improvement. To learn more about your treatment options, call one of the offices in Lone Tree, Englewood, Castle Rock, Denver, Wheat Ridge, Colorado Springs, Parker, Yuma, and Lamar, Colorado, to schedule an appointment today.
Deep brain stimulation is a treatment for people with movement and seizure disorders. When you choose deep brain stimulation, your provider implants thin wire electrodes in specific areas of your brain and places a pulse generator under the skin in your upper chest.
The generator sends electrical impulses through the electrodes. The electrical stimulation then controls abnormal brain activity associated with movement disorders and epilepsy.
You may be a candidate for deep brain stimulation if you have:
Parkinson’s disease occurs when certain nerves in your brain degenerate and die, causing dopamine levels to drop. As a result, you develop tremors, muscle stiffness, loss of balance, and slow movement.
Essential tremor causes uncontrollable and rhythmic shaking. It often affects your hands, but it can develop in nearly any part of your body.
Dystonia, the third most common movement disorder after Parkinson’s and essential tremor, causes involuntary muscle contractions. This condition may affect one area of your body, such as your neck (cervical dystonia), or occur in two or more body areas near one another.
You have epilepsy when you have two or more unprovoked seizures, which means they didn’t occur because of an underlying health problem. Seizures occur due to a sudden burst of electrical activity in your brain.
You may be a candidate for deep brain stimulation if your symptoms don’t improve with conventional treatments or you can’t tolerate the medications.
If you meet these criteria, you undergo intensive diagnostic testing before your provider at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine approves you for deep brain stimulation.
After placing your head in a frame that holds it steady, your provider uses MRI to determine where they will insert the electrodes. Your surgeon inserts the electrodes and connects them to the generator. Then they test it by simulating the electrode to see if it improves your symptoms.
If you have a good response, your provider puts you under general anesthesia to implant the generator in your chest. Then they run the wires from the electrodes under your skin and down to the generator. Your provider programs the pulse generator, but you can turn it on and off.
To learn if you’re a candidate for deep brain stimulation, call CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine to book an appointment today.