Advantages of Medtronic DBS

Take a closer look at the advantages of treating your Parkinson’s symptoms with deep brain stimulation. The Medtronic DBS system is designed to optimize your treatment now without limiting treatment options down the road.


PERSONALIZED FOR YOU

Your doctor programs your DBS system to provide the best symptom control for you. As your symptoms change over time, the programming can be changed.


KEEP YOUR OPTIONS OPEN

Unlike some surgeries for Parkinson's, deep brain stimulation is reversible. The system can be turned off or removed, and won't limit your future treatment options.

Parkinson's research moves forward all the time. With DBS, you can take advantage of new Parkinson's medications and treatments — hopefully, a cure.


“We are so grateful for each other and the new lease on life DBS therapy gave us.”

— Karen and Jim

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MINIMIZE SIDE EFFECTS

DBS may cause some of your symptoms to get worse or may affect your speech. Your doctor can adjust the settings to minimize side effects while providing the best possible symptom control.


ACCESS TO MRI

Only Medtronic provides safe* access to MRI anywhere on the body with some systems under certain conditions — giving your doctor an important tool for diagnosis. Approximately 7 out of 10 DBS-eligible patients with movement disorders may need an MRI within 10 years of receiving their device.1 We know it's important that you have safe access to MRI. That's why we performed rigorous testing of Medtronic DBS systems.

Some Medtronic DBS devices may remain on while you have an MRI. You may take comfort in knowing that the device can remain on (if programmed to the right settings) to control your symptoms.

Talk with your doctor before having an MRI. MRI information for DBS


SAFETY INFORMATION

DBS Therapy requires brain surgery. Risks of brain surgery may include serious complications such as coma, bleeding inside the brain, seizures and infection. Some of these may be fatal. Once implanted, the system may become infected, parts may wear through your skin, and the lead or lead/extension connector may move. Medtronic DBS Therapy could stop suddenly because of mechanical or electrical problems. Any of these situations may require additional surgery or cause your symptoms to return.

Medtronic DBS Therapy may cause worsening of some motor symptoms associated with your movement disorder, and may cause speech and language impairments. Stimulation parameters may be adjusted to minimize side effects and attain maximum symptom control. In patients receiving Medtronic DBS Therapy, depression, suicidal thoughts, and suicide have been reported. Occurrence of falls has also been reported in patients with Parkinson's disease.

Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks for you personally.


*Medtronic DBS systems are MR Conditional which means they are safe for MRI scans only under certain conditions. If the conditions are not met, the MRI could cause tissue heating especially at the implanted lead(s) in the brain which may result in serious and permanent injury or death. Before having an MRI, always talk with the doctor who manages your DBS Therapy to determine your eligibility and discuss potential benefits and risks of MRI. For further information, please call Medtronic at 800-328-0810.


Reference

  1. Falowski S, Safriel Y, Ryan M, Hargens L. The need for magnetic resonance (MR) imaging in the United States (US) deep brain stimulation (DBS) population. Presented at: 18th Annual North American Neuromodulation Society Conference; December 11-14, 2014; Las Vegas, NV. Erratum: FDA first approved MR Conditional instructions for use (head scans only) for Medtronic DBS Therapy 14 years ago (approved January 14, 2002).

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