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  • Considering DBS Therapy

     

    These resources and programs can help you find out if DBS Therapy is right for you.

    Know before you need

    Check where you lie on the treatment pathway and when DBS would be a good treatment option for you

    Are you a candidate for DBS?

    Answer four questions to see if Medtronic DBS Therapy may be right for you.

    When is the right time for DBS so you may benefit?

    Get more details about the right time to begin DBS Therapy.

    Find a Specialist

    Find a specialist in your area.

    Get more information

    You can sign up here for the program that provides people considering DBS Therapy with resources and support.

  • How would you describe yourself?

    I was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s. I am looking for more information

    It’s good to know your treatment options FOR NOW AND LATER. Treatment for symptoms of Parkinson’s disease usually begins with one or a combination of medications. You may find that medications alone manage your symptoms successfully for some time.

    Eventually, some people find that their medications aren’t working well enough anymore. That’s when they start DBS Therapy (deep brain stimulation), an FDA-approved treatment proven to reduce some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.1

    More than 80,000 people worldwide have received DBS Therapy over the past 20 years. When the time is right, DBS Therapy may give you a way back to the energy and mobility you used to enjoy.


    Open your window of opportunity

    If you’ve just been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, it’s probably too early for you to have DBS Therapy. However, it's never too soon to talk to your doctor about the path you may want to take in the future.

    Someday DBS Therapy may be right for you, but right now is the perfect time to begin learning more about it. That’s because there’s a window of opportunity when DBS Therapy will be a treatment option for you – and when you may get the maximum benefit.

    To get more information, please click here

    I’ve had Parkinson’s for a while. Things are going pretty well

    THAT MAY CHANGE OVER TIME. Medications alone may not work well enough for you as time goes on. Even when things are going okay, it’s important to think about next steps, which may include DBS Therapy.


    Know about it before you need it

    DBS Therapy (deep brain stimulation) is an FDA-approved treatment proven to reduce some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.1 More than 80,000 people worldwide have received DBS Therapy over the past 20 years.

    DBS Therapy uses an implanted medical device (kind of like a pacemaker) to send mild electrical signals to an area in the brain that controls movement. The signals block some of the brain messages that cause annoying and disabling motor symptoms.

    When the time is right, DBS Therapy may give you a way back to the energy and mobility you used to enjoy.


    Open your window of opportunity

    Right now – while things are going well – is the perfect time to begin researching DBS Therapy. That’s because there’s a window of opportunity when DBS Therapy will be a treatment option for you – and when you may get the maximum benefit.

    To get more information, please click here

    I am taking medications, but they aren’t helping me as much as they used to. My life just isn’t what I want it to be. I am searching for new options.
  • Am i a candidate?

    Medtronic DBS Therapy is a treatment that can improve some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Take this simple quiz to better understand if you might be a candidate.

    1. Do you experience periods when medication is not helping enough and you are experiencing symptoms?

      YesNo
    2. Do you experience troubling dyskinesias (involuntary excessive movements)?

      YesNo
    3. Do you take frequent doses of dopaminergic drugs (Levodopa, Sinemet*, Stalevo*, Parcopa*) in a typical day?

      YesNo
    4. Despite having tried several drug combinations, do you experience any of the following troubling side effects: sleepiness, nausea, hallucinations, confusion/other thinking problems, lightheadedness upon standing, behavioral/personality changes?

      YesNo

    If you answered "Yes" to some of the questions above, ask your doctor if Medtronic DBS Therapy is right for you. You may be a candidate for this type of treatment.

    Alternatively, you can also find a specialist in your area on your own through this online directory.

  • When Is the Right Time for DBS?

    The right time for DBS is when your body isn't responding to medication as well as it used to, but before your medicine stops working completely. Get more details about the right time for DBS Therapy.

    When DBS Is a Treatment Option?

    Medtronic DBS Therapy may be an option for you if:

    1. You have responded well to the medication levodopa.
    2. You still receive benefit from medication, but it's becoming less effective or causing intolerable side effects.
    3. You are requiring multiple medications, higher dosages, or more frequent doses to manage your symptoms.

    When It Will Be Too Late?

    DBS Therapy is no longer an option when:

    1. Your Parkinson's disease symptoms no longer respond to medication.
    2. You are severely disabled.
    3. Medical conditions prevent you from having surgery.

    When Should I Consider DBS Therapy?

    The rule of thumb that most clinicians use is 5 to 10 years after you were diagnosed with the disease. Typically, this is when people with Parkinson’s disease are still receiving benefits from medication, but notice that the medication is becoming less effective or causing intolerable side effects.

    This time is called the "window of opportunity" because most people with Parkinson’s disease respond best to DBS Therapy at this point in their disease.

    There are, however, exceptions. Some people begin the therapy earlier because they can’t tolerate the medications used to treat Parkinson’s disease. Some people begin later because their disease is progressing very slowly.

    Think Earlier

    You may have been assuming that Medtronic DBS Therapy is something to consider down the road as a last-ditch effort to preserve your way of life. Think earlier, so you don't miss your window of opportunity. When your medications are becoming less effective at controlling your movements, it's time to talk with your doctor about Medtronic DBS Therapy.

    It's never too early to talk with your doctor about DBS, and it's important not to wait too long.

  • Find a Specialist

     

    Ask your doctor for a referral to a neurologist who is a movement disorders specialist.

    You can also find a specialist in your area on your own through this online directory.

  • Get more information

    Choosing the Parkinson's treatment that is right for you takes solid information and a chance to ask your own questions. You can sign up here for the program that provides people considering DBS Therapy with resources and support.

    Sign up here to get your FREE information kit delivered to you.

    This program will enable you:

    1. To get detailed information about Medtronic DBS Therapy.
    2. Be invited to patient group meetings & connect to existing patients.
    3. Have a chance to listen to expert doctors through webinars.