Is DBS Therapy Right for You?

Reclaim™ DBS Therapy is not right for everyone. Only a doctor experienced with using Reclaim DBS can determine if you are a candidate.

Reclaim DBS Therapy for OCD may be right for you if you:

  • have a diagnosis of OCD with a documented duration of at least 5 years.
  • have OCD rated as severe or extreme illness.
  • have comorbid depression and anxiety.
  • have failed to improve following treatment with at least 3 selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
  • do not have hoarding as your primary subclassification.
  • have completed or tried to complete Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).
  • have no serious psychiatric disorder in addition to OCD (e.g. comorbid personality disorder) or substance abuse issues.
  • meet established criteria for implantation of a deep brain stimulation system.
  • are 18 years old or older.
  • have not had a previous surgery to destroy the region of the brain that will be the target of stimulation.
  • are not pregnant.
  • have no other neurological disorders, including dementia.
  • do not have a bleeding disorder or are not taking blood thinners.
  • do not require routine MRIs.

If you have certain medical conditions and carry certain risk factors, Reclaim DBS Therapy may not be a good choice for you.

For more information, talk with your psychiatrist about whether you are an appropriate candidate, or contact a center that offers Reclaim DBS Therapy for OCD.

If You Are a Candidate

If your doctor determines you are a candidate for Reclaim DBS, you will need to make the final decision about whether or not to choose the therapy.

Here are some suggestions to help you decide whether Reclaim DBS Therapy is right for you:

  • Make sure you’re comfortable with your doctor. He or she should be helpful, supportive, and ready to answer any questions you may have.
  • Request information from your doctor
  • Carefully weigh the risks and benefits of the treatment
  • Consider important safety information

Before you meet with your doctor, think about what you want to learn. Prepare questions, and be ready to provide information about your medical history.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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