Deep Brain Stimulation
A multidisciplinary program combining the expertise of neurologists and neurosurgeons, the SLUCare Deep Brain Stimulation team treats patients with movement disorders that cannot be controlled by medication alone.
What We Treat
Patients of the SLUCare Deep Brain Stimulation Program undergo a comprehensive evaluation to determine if they might benefit from the procedure. Neurologists specializing in movement disorders work with you to customize a treatment plan based on your specific symptoms, disease state and stage.
If a SLUCare neurologist and neurosurgeon determine that you may benefit from deep brain stimulation, a specially trained neurosurgeon will implant tiny electrodes in specific areas of your brain. Surgeons use state-of-the-art navigational systems, such as the stealth navigator, to find the right target within the brain, helping to ensure the best possible patient outcomes.
The surgeon will also implant a device similar to a heart pacemaker, which will send electrical impulses to the electrodes in the brain when activated. The impulses are thought to override and normalize neural activity that contribute to common symptoms of movement disorders such as tremors, stiffness, tics and gait problems.
After you have recovered from the procedure, the device implanted by the neurosurgeon is turned on and programmed by a SLUCare neurologist to help suppress your symptoms or control unwanted side effects.