Treatment Options for Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease can be treated with a variety of medications. However, they may lose effectiveness over time or cause troubling side effects. If this is what's happening to you, Medtronic's Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy may be right for you.

Although there is currently no cure for Parkinson's disease, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy for Parkinson's Control offers an adjustable, reversible treatment for some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. If you have difficulty controlling your movements despite various combinations of medications, or if you experience troubling side effects, DBS Therapy may be an option for you.

Although medications for Parkinson's disease can be used to improve motor function, they may lose their effectiveness over time, cause side effects, or both. Additionally, as the condition progresses, the medication levels required for motor function control may cause intolerable or undesirable side effects.

Pallidotomy

A pallidotomy involves destruction of a region of the brain involved with the control of movement. A pallidotomy may be one- or two-sided. Adverse effects may include hemorrhage, weakness, visual and speech deficits and confusion.

Medtronic DBS Therapy for Parkinson's Control

DBS is a brain stimulation therapy that offers an adjustable, reversible treatment for Parkinson's disease. The treatment uses an implanted medical device, similar to a pacemaker, to deliver electrical stimulation to precisely targeted areas of the brain. Stimulation of these areas enables the brain circuits that control movement to function better.

There are surgical and treatment side effects of DBS.

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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