My husband had the DBS implant four years ago. The first implant got an infection and had to be removed, he was on strong antibiotics for 6 months and got well. He then wanted to have the implant again. I was a little surprised, but he explained to me that he now knew the difference in having the DBS and not having it. When it is in, he takes a lot less medication. This took away the dyskinesia. He was diagnosed in 2003 so he was having enough symptoms to be noticeable to others. Two other doctors had mentioned DBS to him, but he wasn't ready at that time. I advise you to listen to your own body, you know it better than anyone and you will probably know when it is time. Good luck to you
My husband has had Parkinson's for 10 years and his meds were no longer helping with the tremor - but he was taking so many that the meds themselves were affecting him very negatively... staggering, tired, generally out of it.
He had DBS in June and he's improved 80%. He has not been able to cut down on meds but has switched to Rytary which doesn't have the awful side effects. He walks fine, has put on 10 lbs, is less tired. He says it was a difficult procedure but he would do it again without hesitation.
I am just getting into the process for my DBS surgery. So, even I am decided to do it, your experience is very important to me.
Your doctor will evaluate your symptoms. One of the things he is looking at is how far along your symptoms are . People who are early into their symptoms, they walk without assistance, etc. but, ask your physician, tell your neurologist that you are interested in DBS.
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