People with Parkinson’s Share Their Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Stories

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People with Parkinson’s Share Their Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Stories episode summary

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a highly effective and reasonably safe treatment for Parkinson’s; however, it’s also frequently misunderstood by people who have been recently diagnosed. The success stories about how people are sometimes living symptom and medication-free as a result of getting DBS understandably lead many who’ve been newly diagnosed to want to get the treatment as soon as possible.

In an earlier webinar, we invited an esteemed panel of experts to talk about Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). You can do so here if you haven’t watched that session yet.

In this episode of the Parkinson’s Podcast, we spoke with six people with Parkinson’s who’ve had DBS. We discussed:

  • How to begin the process

  • How to talk to your family and friends about DBS and your hopes and concerns about it

  • What to expect during the approval process

  • What the surgery is really like (and do you have to shave your head)

  • What recovery is like and what kind of support you might need

  • The challenges of programming your device and the joy that comes when you get it right

  • The myths, challenges, and victories of DBS

And more! We hope you enjoy it!

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