Deep Brain Stimulation

Documentary of how Deep Brain Stimulation done at St Louis Hospital ┬ácan treat seizure caused by ┬áParkinson’s as well Epilepsy.

Deep brain stimulation therapy is a surgical treatment for people whose seizures are not controlled with medication. It involves implanting electrodes into specific areas of the brain.

What is deep brain stimulation therapy?
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy can be used for people who have epilepsy that is difficult to treat, or for people who cannot have epilepsy surgery to separate or remove the part of the brain that causes seizures to happen. It involves implanting electrodes into specific areas of the brain.

What is the aim of deep brain stimulation?
DBS therapy aims to control excess electrical activity in the brain using regular electrical impulses to reduce the frequency and severity of seizures. Trials show that for some people their seizures become much less frequent. For others DBS therapy may reduce their seizures a little, and for others it has no effect.

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How does it work?
The electrodes are connected to a neurostimulator, a battery powered device that sends electrical impulses to the brain. The electrical impulses travel through leads to electrodes, which are implanted, (placed) in the anterior nucleus of the thalamus (ANT), a part of the brain that is involved in the spread of seizures.

Are there any side effects?
Side effects can happen with any treatment but may not happen for everyone. Side effects after surgery for DBS can include paresthesia (pins and needles), memory problems and depression. These are usually temporary and reduce over time.

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