Deep brain stimulation is a treatment technique that applies an electrical current through a wire to specific locations in a patient’s brain. It is an FDA-approved treatment option for those with a variety of conditions including and not limited to: essential tremors, Parkinson’s Disease, Tourette’s, epilepsy, chronic pain, dystonia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, to name a few. It is believed that it disrupts abnormal electrical signals in the brain that causes these illnesses. Dr. Glenn Balfour uses this comprehensive treatment for patients seeking help treating these complex medical conditions.
How Deep Brain Stimulation is Conducted
With this procedure, electrodes are implanted within certain areas of the brain, which produce electrical impulses that regulate abnormal impulses. The amount of stimulation that is done is controlled by a pacemaker-like device that is placed underneath the skin in the upper chest of the patient. A wire travels under the skin and connects this device directly to the electrodes in the brain. This technique is also being studied as a means of experimental treatment for stroke recovery, addiction, dementia, and depression.
This type of treatment is used by Dr. Balfour to treat those that aren’t able to get control of their symptoms with traditional medication. While the procedure is generally safe, any type of surgical procedure has risks. He can discuss these risks with patients during a consultation.
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While deep brain stimulation won’t cure a disease, it can help to lessen symptoms. If it is successful, a patient’s symptoms can improve significantly, leading to an increased quality of life. To learn more about deep brain stimulation and whether you’re a viable candidate for this surgery, call Dr. Glenn Balfour’s office today at 760-845-4879.