Essential Tremor - Benefits of Surgery
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) for essential tremor provides many benefits, offering a safe treatment option for patients who are not benefiting from medications or those whose tremors are significantly impacting their quality of life. Research published in Movement Disorders shows that DBS can effectively suppress essential tremor for more than six years after implantation.
While every patient may react differently to DBS, the therapy offers a range of benefits, including:
- Suppression of tremors
- Improved quality of life
- Reduction in the severity of tremors
DBS is not a cure for essential tremor but rather a treatment option that helps control symptoms. The Denver DBS Center is one of the only facilities in the world to offer both awake and asleep DBS surgeries. While DBS for essential tremor has traditionally only be available through Awake DBS due to the inability to visualize the target area of the brain responsible for essential tremor movements—the ventral intermediate nucleus (VIM) by MRI—new research published in the Journal of Neurosurgery shows that Asleep DBS may be a viable option for essential tremor patients.
The Denver DBS Center provides more DBS surgeries than any other Colorado DBS center. If you are interested in learning whether DBS might help your essential tremor, we are happy to consult with you. Please call the Denver DBS Center toll-free at 855-202-9303.
All studies proving the above benefits can be found on our Research page.