Deep Brain Stimulation
Experimental Surgical Treatment
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an experimental treatment in which an electrode is implanted in the brain. The implanted electrode precisely stimulates specific structures deep in the brain to stop the spread of seizure activity. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of DBS for Parkinson's disease in 1997, but it is not an accepted treatment for epilepsy at this time. Some researchers are studying the procedure. Ask your physician if you are an eligible subject for a research study on DBS.
The equipment used for DBS is similar to the equipment used for Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS). It includes a battery comparable to a heart pacemaker, which is implanted under the skin on the chest, which is connected to electrodes placed deep into the brain. There is still some controversy about which areas of the brain to stimulate in patients with epilepsy. DBS involves many more risks than VNS. The most important risk is bleeding in the brain. The advantages of DBS over traditional surgery are that it is reversible and adjustable and that no brain tissue is destroyed.
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