Deep Brain Stimulation (cont.)
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.
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SOURCES:Last Editorial Review: 3/15/2010
Reviewed by Jon Glass on March 15, 2010
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