Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease


This information is written for patients with Parkinson's Disease who have had or are considering surgery to put electrodes for deep brain stimulation (DBS) into the subthalamic nucleus (STN) or globus pallidus (GPi).  Our goal in writing this is to provide information about what to expect during and after the surgery.  In the pages on this site you will find discussions about who should consider DBS, the devices that the surgeon places into your body, the DBS implant operation, what DBS does, how the DBS stimulator is programmed and how this can affect the drugs you take.  You will also find list of the professional staff who work together as the DBS team at the University of Virginia Health System to make this treatment work for our patients.

This information is based on our experience with patients afflicted by Parkinson's Disease who have had this surgery.  It is written for an "average" patient who does not really exist.  Everyone is different, and Parkinson's Disease can affect different people in different ways.  Nothing written here can substitute for the information you get from your own physician or surgeon. 


Information for Parkinson's Disease Patients