Expert Video - What is deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease?

Expert neurologists describe what deep brain stimulation (DBS) is, and how it can help improve the quality of life for some Parkinson’s disease patients who’s symptoms cannot be adequately controlled with medication. This surgical treatment involves placing tiny electrodes in affected areas of the brain, attached to a stimulator near your collarbone. DBS treats symptoms such as tremor, rigidity, motor fluctuations, and dyskinesias. It doesn't work as well for imbalance, freezing when walking or non-motor symptoms.

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