Type of Surgery
Last updated: 11/24/2009
The rate of complications depends highly on the skill and experience of the surgical team performing the procedure. Rates from one of the most experienced teams, in a study of over 200 patients, were as follows.
intracranial bleed (10% of procedures)
- symptomatic intracranial bleed (2%)
- seizures (3%)
- headache (25%)
- infection (6%)
- lead replacements (9%)
- lead repositionings (8%)
- extension wire replacements (6%)
- implantable pulse generator replacements (17%), approximately half of which were due to malfunction
The risk of death is less than 1%.
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In neurotechnology, deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical treatment involving the implantation of a medical device called a brain pacemaker, which sends electrical impulses to specific parts of the brain. DBS in select brain regions has provided remarkable therapeutic benefits for otherwise treatment-resistant movement and affective disorders such as chronic pain, Parkinsonâ€™s disease, tremor and dystonia. Despite the long history of DBS, its underlying principles and mechanisms are still not clear. DBS directly changes brain activity in a controlled manner, its effects are reversible (unlike those of lesioning techniques) and is one of only a few neurosurgical methods that allows blinded studies.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved DBS as a treatment for essential tremor in 1997, for Parkinson's disease in 2002, and dystonia in 2003. DBS is also routinely used to treat chronic pain and has been used to treat various affective disorders, including major depression. While DBS has proven helpful for some patients, there is potential for serious complications and side effects.
Select comparative data from 1999 to 2006 include a decrease of 14 percent in the number of neurosurgeons in private practice and a decrease of 13 percent in the number of neurosurgeons in solo practice.
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