What is deep brain stimulation?

Also known as: DBS

Deep brain stimulation is a surgical procedure that involves the placement of small wires (microelectrodes) into the movement center of the brain, through which a steady current of electricity is transmitted to the brain from a pulse generator. This allows the brain to better control movements.

DBS can be used to treat certain brain disorders such as dystonia (the inability to smoothly use or control a muscle like in uncontrolled muscle spasms, repetitive twisting movements, and posturing).

In adults it can be used for Parkinson’s disease and other causes of tremors.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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