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Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

The Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University Neuroscience Center is nationally recognized for its expertise in the treatment of movement disorders.

The Center has one of the most experienced teams in the country providing treatment for movement disorders with Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). The Center also is ranked among the Top Five Centers in the United States for the number of DBS procedures performed annually.

What is Deep Brain Stimulation?

DBS is a delicate procedure that involves implanting a tiny electrode directly into the brain. The device delivers continuous electrical impulses to stimulate certain regions of the brain that control abnormal movement. The amount of stimulation can be adjusted depending upon specific patient symptoms. If necessary, the device also can be shut off and/or removed at a later date.

DBS, which has a long track record for effectively reducing tremors, is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in patients diagnosed with

Deep brain stimulation is considered to be one of the best treatment options available for advanced Parkinson's disease.