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Ask the MD: Deep Brain Stimulation and Parkinson's Disease

Deep brain stimulation (DBS), a surgical therapy for Parkinson's disease, can ease motor symptoms, decrease medication needs and improve quality of life. But like all currently available therapies, it's not a cure, and it doesn't work for everyone.

DBS typically is considered for people who have had Parkinson's for four or more years and who develop dyskinesia (uncontrolled, involuntary movements) or significant "off" time (when symptoms return because medication isn't working optimally). It works best for motor symptoms such as tremor, stiffness and slowness. DBS doesn't work as well for balance problems, freezing (sudden inability to move) or non-motor symptoms.

Watch the video to learn who can benefit from DBS, what symptoms it treats and how the procedure is done.

Learn more about DBS for Parkinson's.

Watch a webinar on deep brain stimulation.

Sign up for Fox Trial Finder to match with DBS studies.

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