[Webinar Recording] Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s – A Virtual Forum


For many living with Parkinson’s, DBS has the power to reduce or eliminate OFF times, reduce the frequency and dose of medications, and dramatically improve quality of life.

In this webinar, we touched on the what, when, why, how, and more of DBS from movement disorder specialists who recommend it, surgeons who perform it, companies that make the devices, and a person with Parkinson’s who is living with it.


In this 90-minute virtual panel, our experts answered a wide variety of questions:

  • What is DBS or deep brain stimulation? (06:11)
  • When do you begin to think of DBS as a potential treatment for a person with Parkinson’s? (06:50)
  • What symptoms does DBS help? (08:37)
  • What symptoms don’t respond to DBS? (10:40)
  • What criteria do you use to determine who’s eligible for DBS? Who has the best outcomes? (14:11)
  • What criteria exclude people from being a good candidate for DBS? (16:34)
  • What workups do your patients undergo to determine whether or not they’re eligible for DBS? (18:55)
  • What’s the ideal timing for DBS? (22:08)
  • How does DBS impact Parkinson’s progression? (24:46)
  • What are the different types of DBS devices? (28:06)
  • What does the surgical prep involve? (32:16)
  • What does the surgery involve? (34:52)
  • What’s the difference between asleep vs. awake DBS? (39:14)
  • What are the risks of DBS? (42:03)
  • How do you decide which area of the brain to target? (46:54)
  • Is DBS typically done on one side or both? (50:35)
  • How does DBS programming work? (55:20)
  • What symptoms can get worse after DBS? (1:02:39)
  • What can you do if your DBS is no longer working? (1:05:49)
  • Can DBS be reversed? (1:08:28)
  • What is the future of DBS? (1:11:57)
  • What is closed-loop DBS? (1:15:08)

To get access to the recording, click here.

To download the transcript, click here.
Note: This is not a flawless word-for-word transcript, but it’s close.

Further Reading

There were a lot of topics mentioned and questions asked via the chat. The following resources include other articles and webinars we’ve shared on DBS, articles relevant to questions asked, and links Dr. Ponce shared in the chat.

Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s – A Virtual Forum Transcript
Webinar Recording: The What, When, Why & How of Deep Brain Stimulation with Dr. Kara Beasley
Webinar Recording: Your DBS Questions Answered with Dr. Helen Brontë-Stewart
The What, Why, How & More of DBS for the Newly Diagnosed
Life Before & After Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
When DBS Powers Down: A Personal Account of What Happens When the Device Stops Working
Life Before and After Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) with Brendan Cain
Living with Parkinson’s: What is OFF?
How to Communicate What it Means to Be OFF
A Parkinson’s Diagnosis with Dr. Aaron Haug
The long-term efficacy of STN vs GPi deep brain stimulation for Parkinson disease: A meta-analysis.
Three-Year Gait and Axial Outcomes of Bilateral STN and GPi Parkinson’s Disease Deep Brain Stimulation
What is Focused Ultrasound (FUS) for Parkinson’s?
Long-term outcomes following deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease.
Long-Term Satisfaction and Patient-Centered Outcomes of Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson’s Disease
Swimmers Beware of Deep Brain Stimulation
Find a DBS Specialist – Abbott
Find a DBS Specialist – Contact Boston Scientific
Find a DBS Specialist – Medtronic
Does Medicare cover deep brain stimulation?
Recharge or Non-recharge Battery for DBS?


Don’t forget to register for our upcoming webinars. We cover a range of topics pertinent to the Parkinson’s community, so be sure to tune in to get more information and have your questions answered by the experts. Plus, in case you can’t make it live, we will provide a recording to everyone who registers.

Visit our full webinar calendar so you can see past events, see everything that’s coming up, and mark your calendars.

Please email your questions about webinar topics to Melani at blog@dpf.org.

This webinar is sponsored* by Boston Scientific and Medtronic.

*While the generous support of our sponsors makes our educational programs available,
their donations do not influence Davis Phinney Foundation content, perspective, or speaker selection.

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