About DBS Therapy

Unlike other surgical treatments for dystonia, Medtronic Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy is reversible and adjustable. It uses an implanted device that stimulates specific areas of the brain, enabling circuits that control movement to function better. This may relieve the motor symptoms of your disease.

What Is It?

DBS Therapy for dystonia uses a surgically implanted medical device, similar to a cardiac pacemaker, to deliver minute electrical stimulation to precisely targeted areas within the brain.

Our DBS Products

Neurostimulators are typically implanted beneath the skin near the collarbone. They generate minute electrical pulses and deliver them through tunnelled extensions and leads to targeted areas of the brain. Each DBS lead has four small electrodes at its tip that can be independently activated to precisely deliver the stimulation to the chosen target.
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Benefits and Risks

DBS Therapy for Dystonia may help control your motor symptoms, but it is not a cure. When you turn on the DBS System, it will deliver stimulation that may decrease some or all of your motor symptoms. Your symptoms will return when the system is turned off.

Personal Stories

Read about the experiences of people who have received our products and therapies. You’ll learn first-hand what life was like for these particular patients, both before and after treatment.


Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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