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Deep Brain Stimulation

Many Movement Disorder patients are unable to obtain sufficient relief through medications or physical measures. For these individuals, DBS surgery may be an option. While not a cure, this procedure may decrease the severity of the disease. Following the procedure, some patients can reduce medication doses thereby reducing the side effects. Tremor, involuntary movements (called dyskinesias) or muscle rigidity are symptoms that show most improvement following DBS.

The DBS procedure is performed in the following sequence:

  1. Following pre surgical imaging, the surgeon implants a small electrode into the targeted portion of the patient’s brain.
  2. In a separate procedure, days to weeks later, the neurostimulator is implanted under the skin and connected to the electrode
  3. After the neurostimulator is implanted, programming occurs to deliver an electrical signal. This typically takes place weeks following the implant of the neurostimulator.

Dependent on the patient, some individuals require inpatient rehabilitation following their procedure.

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8 Ways to Improve Brain Health

Do you find it hard to commit to working out regularly, only to see minimal results when you look in the mirror? Don’t give up. Taking small steps to improve your health makes more of an impact than you know. It improves what’s on the inside, including your brain.

As the most complex organ in the body, the brain regulates much of what you do every day – walk, talk and breathe. It controls your thoughts and memories, which has been known to fade with age.

You may not be able to see the improvements in a mirror, but it’s never too late to start taking care of your brain to help avoid disease and memory loss. Think about how easy it can be to improve brain health with these eight tips.

Exercise regularly.
(30 min./day, 5 days/week)

Manage stress and anxiety.

Get enough sleep.
(18-60 years: 7 or more hours per night)

Watch your blood pressure.
(Normal: Less than 120/80 mm HG)

Maintain a healthy diet.

Keep your brain active.
(With puzzles, reading, drawing, etc.)

Stay away from tobacco.

Limit alcohol.
(2 drinks/day for men, 1 drink/day for women)

The best part about improving brain health is that these lifestyle changes can also make a major impact on your overall health. Get your head in the game, and take the steps needed to build a healthier future.

If you have any questions or need guidance on the best ways to improve your overall health, please schedule an appointment with your doctor.

Your safe care is our #1 priority.

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
American Heart Association
National Institutes of Health
Harvard Health Publishing

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