Parkinson's Disease - Benefits of DBS
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s disease offers a multitude of benefits, from increased control to reduced medication. New research published by the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry that DBS may prolong life for Parkinson's patients.
Benefits of DBS in Parkinson’s patients:
- DBS plus medications can nearly double the number of “on” hours without dyskinesia each day.
- DBS can alleviate tremor, even if medications do not. Patients who have undergone the procedure have reported up to 80% symptom improvement.
- DBS reduces dyskinesia by reducing medications.
- DBS is more effective than medications in controlling tremors in patients with Parkinson’s disease.
- DBS results in a nearly 50% average reduction in medication compared to medical therapy alone.
- The initial cost of DBS is offset by savings in medications by patients with Parkinson’s disease in less than two years after the procedure.
- Improvement in all motor symptoms—rigidity, tremor, facial expression, freezing—leads to improvements in quality of life, bodily discomfort and emotional well-being.
- DBS may extend life for Parkinson’s patients.
All studies proving the above benefits can be found on our Research page.