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National Deep Brain Stimulation Service

What is Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)?

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) can be used as a treatment for some people with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease or Tremor and Dystonia whose condition is inadequately controlled with medications.

This involves very fine wires with electrodes at their tips being implanted into the brain. The electrodes send continuous electrical pulse through them to change some of the electrical signals in the brain and reduce the symptoms of these movement disorders.

These wires are connected to extensions that are tunnelled under the skin behind the ear and down the neck. They are connected to pulse generator (a device like a pacemaker) that is placed under the skin in the chest area or stomach area.

An example of this is shown in the patient information video below.

We also have Patient Information leaflets for those considering deep brain stimulation. These provide detailed information about deep brain stimulation. Please press the link at the bottom of this page to see them.

Please also see below the patient information video (for patients who have been referred to the DBS service), and a patient experience video where 3 patients talk about their experiences with DBS surgery.


 Patient information video for patients who have been referred for consideration of DBS


Patients experiences video on having DBS surgery