Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy for dystonia, which uses deep brain stimulation technology, is CE Mark approved in Europe for the aid in management of chronic, intractable (drug refractory) primary dystonia, including generalised and segmental dystonia, hemidystonia, and cervical dystonia (torticollis), for individuals 7 years of age and older. In addition, many doctors will consider patients living with secondary dystonia for DBS based upon individualised merit and patient goals.
DBS uses a surgically implanted medical device, similar to a cardiac pacemaker, to deliver minute electrical stimulation to precisely targeted areas within the brain.
Continuous stimulation of these areas blocks the signals that cause the disabling motor symptoms of dystonia. The electrical stimulation can be noninvasively adjusted to optimise therapy benefits.
The Medtronic DBS System consists of three implanted components:
Second generation neurostimulators are more advanced and include new features such as the possibility of being recharged. Rechargeability may be an important feature for patients with high energy consumption. The rechargeable device allows almost one decade’s peace of mind without surgeries for battery replacement.
Your surgeon may provide you with a small, handheld patient programmer. This programmer lets you turn the system on and off or allow small stimulation adjustments pre-programmed by your clinical team. However, in most cases, the neurostimulator is always on.
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