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Surgery for Parkinson's disease

Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects voluntary movement. Apollo Hospitals has been at the forefront for surgery of Parkinson's disease from as early as the '60s and '70s. It has brought the latest in surgery for Parkinson's disease - Sub Thalamic Nucleus (STN) Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to India. Similar to a Cardiac Pacemaker, here also a pacemaker is implanted into the brain. The procedure is done under local anaesthesia. The results are visible immediately and are sustained.

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  • DBS is typically helpful if you experience motor fluctuations or tremors that interfere with activities

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Description

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure used to treat a variety of neurological symptoms most commonly the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD), such as tremor, rigidity, stiffness, slowed movement, and walking problems. The procedure is also used to treat essential tremor, a common neurological movement disorder. DBS does not damage healthy brain tissue by destroying nerve cells. Instead, the procedure blocks electrical signals from targeted areas in the brain. DBS is often described as a pacemaker for the brain. It works much like a pacemaker, sending electrical signals to the brain instead of the heart. It is primarily utilized for patients who have Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, or essential tremor (ET), and who can’t adequately control their disease with medication.

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