Deep Brain Stimulation Implantable Devices being offered by Orlando Hospital
Posted Jun 15 2009 10:54pm
The deep brain stimulation device consists of implantable and external components. A thin, coiled wire with electrodes on the end is placed in a specific target in the brain and is connected to a neurostimulator, which is similar to a pacemaker. The neurostimulator, placed beneath the skin in the chest, produces tiny electrical pulses that are believed to block abnormal brain function that causes disabling movements.
The link below shows a banjo player helped by the device. Higher rates of infection were with surgery, but each person should do their own research. The video below shows a study, all participants were over the age of 70. BD
Orlando Regional Medical Center is among the first hospitals in the nation to offer a new implantable deep brain stimulation device for Parkinson’s disease patients.
The hospital in June began using the Activa PC and the Activa RC by Medtronic, which are two deep brain stimulation devices available for treatment of the symptoms of movement disorders, the hospital said.