what is the rate of sucess for this surgey
I've read about the Next Generation of DBS, which eliminates the need to implant physical electrodes into ones brain..... Instead they have a "micro size Chip" that get implanted just under the skin on both side of your head, just above your ears... It then helps control the brain by sending "Radio Waves" in a similar fashion as the original DBS has succeed in doing. But without the risk of delicate brain surgery, and possible infection port between the electrode and ones skull & tissue. Something to consider... Alan
It depends on what you want from the surgery and who your team of medical specialists are. I had DBS last October, and it helped me tremendously. I had tremors really severely, though, and it fixed that symptom completely. I know two others who had DBS years ago, and they have had similar, wonderful results. No observable or reported side-effects, either. But it matters a lot who your neurologist, neurosurgeon, and programmer are. See a team that works together often and that has done a lot of DBS.
I am 52 and have had PD for 13 years.
My symptoms were quite mild and I wasn't on much medication due to the side effects. But I was struggling in lots of ways.
I went for DBS assessment and was deemed a candidate. I also went through the questions of why should I do it. I'm so young.
Well.... I made the decision that what were my options - let this illness take over my body or try beat it for as long as I can.
What a decision. Life changing. I didn't realise how bad I was and how the illness had impacted on my life until after the surgery.
Si I can't stress highly enough - no matter what age u r don't wait until you are sooo bad. This surgery can change your life.
If you weigh the pros and cons it's a real no brainier!!
I cannot help with the rate of success but I am interested in the answer. I am now seriously considering DBS. My meds are working ok, and my MDS keeps asking me whether I and ready to go for it. Apparently the cut off age is 70 and I'm just coming up to 68. So I need to make a decision soon. I will keep an eye on the posts to see what kind of answers you get.
I had Asleep DBS surgery done by Dr. Wu at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA five weeks ago. The DBS pulse generator was turned on two weeks later. Since then the results have been fantastic. I take 1/2 of a Carbidopa-Levodopa 25-250 two or three times a day. All of my PD symptoms have gone away. Prior to the surgery, I was taking pills every 3 hours and at night time too. I couldn't talk, shanking was controlled during the ON period when the pills were working but the transition between ON to OFF to ON was very difficult. My quality of life was going down hill rapidly. Since the Asleep DBS surgery, I am doing great. Dr Wu at Jefferson has a super team of care givers supporting him. He is the only Neurosurgeon in the Philadelphia area that does Asleep DBS surgery.