Deep Brain Stimulation
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What is it?
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an implanted neurostimulation system that stimulates targeted areas in the brain to alleviate the symptoms of movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia. The DBS system is palliative—not curative—treating only the patients’ symptoms.
How does it work?
The DBS system consists of electric leads that are implanted in the brain and connected to a pacemaker-like generator in the chest. By delivering low-voltage stimulation, DBS modifies brain function. The exact mechanism by which DBS alters brain function and alleviates the symptoms of movement disorders remains unclear.
What problem does it solve?
- Determine interest of movement disorders neurologist in DBS program and availability of DBS neurosurgeon at the hospital
- Understand impact of surgeon practice patterns on reimbursement, profitability
- Assess DBS volume potential in local and expanded service area, and engage in marketing to pull patients from surrounding region
- Stay abreast of development of next-generation indications for DBS