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How can Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery be beneficial for managing Parkinson's disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder which damages vital regions of brain. It affects brain’s cells adversely. Patients lose control over their body movements and emotions. According to top health magazines, nearly 90,000 new cases of this disease are diagnosed every year. Prevalence of this disorder is more in men than women. Root cause of Parkinson is still not known. However, researchers state that genetic factors and environmental conditions may be responsible for the development of this condition.

Signs & Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

Major signs & symptoms of Parkinson's disease are as follows.

  • Tremor (shaking or trembling that affects arms and legs)
  • Tight muscles
  • Problems with walking & maintaining balance
  • Slow movement
  • Impaired posture
  • Speech changes
  • Problems with urination
  • Dizziness
  • Throat muscle weakness
  • Excessive sweating

Patients must seek a medical advice if they experience these potential symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Deep brain stimulation surgery is considered to be an ideal procedure for Parkinsons disease treatment. On the basis of patient’s condition, neurosurgeons will decide whether a DBS surgery is required or not.

Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery to Help Parkinson’s Patients

Deep brain stimulation surgery is a medical intervention to treat various neurological disorders including Parkinson’s disease. It involves implantation of an electrical instrument known as neurostimulator in patient’s brain. Neurostimulator controls patient’s movement, blocks undesired nerve signals that cause tremor (trembling) and also symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Main advantage of deep brain stimulation surgery is that patients do not have to take powerful drugs & medications on regular basis. Neurosurgeons will prescribe only few essential medications following this surgery. It will significantly reduce major side-effects of medications like involuntary movements (dyskinesia). Other symptoms of slowness, rigidness of muscles and gait disorder can also be improved with this procedure. It maximizes overall quality of patient’s life. 

Good Candidates for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Surgery

Patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease should consult a well-experienced neurosurgeon. Usually, patients with the following health conditions are considered to be good candidates for undergoing a deep brain stimulation treatment procedure.

  • Parkinson’s Symptoms - Patients who are suffering from Parkinson’s disease for a prolonged period of time (five years or more).
  • Fluctuations - When patients suffer from frequent on-off fluctuations, with or without the condition of dyskinesia.
  • Parkinson’s Medicines - When patients respond positively to medications like levodopa but only for a limited period of time. Also, when medications like tolcapone or amantadine fail to give desired results.
  • Movement Disorder Treatments - Patients who have tried various medicines and treatments for controlling serious movement disorders but did not get any relief.
  • Poor Quality of Life - When Parkinson’s symptoms affect patient’s daily routine & deteriorates their quality of life.

DBS surgery cost varies depending on neurosurgeon & country. It is costly in western nations like Australia and Canada. Whereas, overseas patients can save up to 50% of their total amount if they choose countries like India for their treatment. India offers Parkinson’s disease treatment at most economical prices. Therefore, International patients seeking a cost-effective & reliable Parkinson’s disease treatment can opt for India.

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