Deep Brain Stimulation

Features of Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a procedure that helps treat symptoms when medicine isn't helping. This procedure implants a pace-maker type of device that controls stimulation to the parts of your brain most effected by your symptoms. Our goal is to reduce symptoms as much as possible with DBS. We offer two forms of DBS procedures.

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Fast-track Clinic  

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a treatment option for some persons with Parkinson’s disease who's symptoms are not adequately managed by medications alone. A time-efficient and a patient-centric process, patients are evaluated over a period of two days at our Integrated Care Campus  East Beltline location. 

Our multidisciplinary approach helps the patient and Parkinson’s experts come to a quick and comprehensive decision about whether or not DBS is the correct treatment option. This multidisciplinary team of specialists includes a fellowship trained Parkinson’s specialist neurologist, movement disorders neurosurgeon, neuropsychologist, psychiatrist, physical therapist, occupational therapist and speech therapist. 

Awake and Asleep DBS Implantation Surgery

Spectrum Health is the only facility in West Michigan to offer both powerful treatment options of awake and asleep DBS implantation surgery. Awake DBS implantation surgery is the traditional approach, where you're awake during key parts of the surgery. 

We also offer interventional MRI-guided DBS, also known as asleep DBS, for those who cannot tolerate being awake during the procedure. While you remain asleep under anesthesia, our specialists use real time MRI images to guide DBS placement.