New DBS Hardware Brings Opportunities & New Issues

As new hardware options emerge for deep brain stimulation, medical providers specializing in DBS have a growing responsibility to understand similarities and differences in order to provide patients with adequate information to make an informed decision about device selection prior to surgery. Device companies are one source of information about safety, proper implantation technique and …

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Most recent publication – Rapid Assessment of Gait and Speech

Surgical Neurology International Sierra M. Farris, Monique L. Giroux August 2, 2016 Rapid Assessment of Gait and Speech after Subthalamic DBS Background: Describe a rapid assessment for patients with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease (PD) and deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus reporting worsening speech and/or gait problems. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed 29 patients that had improvement in …

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Symptoms are Worse After DBS – Advocating for better care.

Since I created this blog in May 2013, the most common search that brings someone to the blog include speech and walking problems. My August 2013 post titled “Walking and balance is worse after DBS, What can be done” has been read over 2,000 times. Speech and balance problems also reflect the most common concerns from patients that have …

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My Story #2 “Celebrating Life”

My Story submitted by D.D. At thirty nine I was diagnosed as having young onset Parkinson’s, a disease which had affected my maternal grandfather much later in life. What began as a slight twitch in my thumb quickly progressed to a tremor that severely affected the left side of my body.Within two years of my …

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Top Ten Posts of all Time – What can we learn?

The most viewed posts over the past 2.5 years reflect common internet search inquiries that reached my blog from people living with or interested in deep brain stimulation from around the world. Deep brain stimulation therapies are growing at a rapid rate since FDA approved tremor in 1997. The therapy has improved the lives of people …

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