Deep Brain Stimulation
Judy Kittler, a dystonia patient who was treated by Dr. Erika Petersen, shares her story of medical treatment using deep brain stimulation.
At UAMS, we can offer our patients revolutionary treatment for conditions causing symptoms that cannot be adequately controlled through medication.
With conditions such as Parkinson’s, dystonia and essential tremor, people become increasingly disabled, making routine daily activities difficult or impossible without assistance. Using groundbreaking procedures at UAMS, we provide hope and help to patients who have these conditions.
Using the minimally invasive Activa Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) procedure, a battery-operated medical device, called a neurostimulator, is surgically implanted in a small pocket underneath the skin below the collarbone. Additionally, a thin insulated wire is implanted through a small part in the hair into the part of the brain where the electrical stimulation will be delivered. Electrical stimulation blocks abnormal nerve signals to areas in the brain that control movement. Essentially, the device acts as a pacemaker for the brain.
Deep Brain Stimulation is reversible and can be adjusted as the medical condition changes. But most importantly, many patients rapidly achieve greater control over their body movement and are able to greatly reduce their medications, which also reduces adverse side effects from the medications.
Our experts use a multidisciplinary approach to patient treatment. Our team includes a neurosurgeon, a neurologist, neuropsychologists and rehabilitation medicine and pain specialists who provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment for each patient.
To determine if you are a candidate for this procedure or for more information, please call 686-5270.