- Deep brain stimulation introduction
- How does deep brain stimulation work?
- How is deep brain stimulation performed?
- What is subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation?
- What are the advantages of deep brain stimulation?
- How effective is deep brain stimulation?
- What kinds of movement problems are helped by deep brain stimulation?
- What are the risks of deep brain stimulation?
- Is deep brain stimulation experimental?
- Who should consider deep brain stimulation?
- Is age a factor in deep brain stimulation?
- Where should deep brain stimulation be performed?
- Will I be asleep during the deep brain stimulation procedure?
- What should I expect after deep brain stimulation?
- When will I be able to go home after the deep brain stimulation procedure?
- How should I care for the surgical area once I am home?
- Will I have to limit activity following deep brain stimulation surgery?
- Post surgery warning
- Can I use electrical devices?
Post Surgery Warning:
Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms after deep brain stimulation surgery:
- Severe and persistent headaches
- Bleeding from your incision
- Redness or increased swelling in the area of the incision
- Loss of vision
- A sudden change in vision
- A persistent fever or chills
Can I Use Electrical Devices?
While you should be able to use most electronic devices, you should be aware that:
- Some devices, such as theft detectors and screening devices, like those found in airports, department stores and public libraries, can cause your neurotransmitter to switch on or off. Usually, this only causes an uncomfortable sensation. However, your symptoms could get worse suddenly. Always carry the identification card given to you. With this, you may request assistance to bypass those devices.
- You will be able to use home appliances, computers, and cell phones. They do not usually interfere with your implanted stimulator.
- You will be provided with a magnet to activate and deactivate your stimulator. This magnet may damage televisions, credit cards, and computer discs. Always keep it at least one foot away from these items.
WebMD Medical Reference
Reviewed by Jon Glass on March 15, 2010