A resting tremor, rigidity and slowness are all familiar symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Deep Brain Stimulation is a new therapy that can be a huge help for those affected expanding the good years of their life and alleviating pain for years to come.
Dr. Elena James from Salt Lake Regional Medical Center works with the neurosurgeon to choose candidates and manage medication. She joined us to educate others about the life changing therapy that can help so many with a disease that currently has no cure.
Deep Brain Stimulation comes after a patient has been treated with medication and s "sweet spot" of time is available for treatment. It's an electrode placed in the brain to active implants sending signals to parts of the brain that need to be activated.
Three Components of Deep Brain Stimulation
- The lead: Thin wire that positions electrodes across the target areas of the brain
- The extension: An insulated wire that passes under the skin to connect the lead to the neurostimulator
- The neurostimulator: A battery pack that is implanted under the collarbone
Candidates that think they could benefit from Deep Brain Stimulation should visit SaltLakeRegionalMedicalCenter.com to learn how to contact Dr. Elena James.
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