Deep Brain Stimuation Surgeries are performed while the patient is awake, using only local anesthesia. Patients are given a general anesthetic only during the last hour of the operation, when the deep brain stimuation is placed below the collarbone. After the surgery, patients are scheduled follow-up appointments over the following weeks to fine-tune their pacemakers through computers, ensuring that they receive the best care. A deep brain stimulation is an easy and successful way to treat various types of movement disorders, including Parkinson's, as it is customized for the patient. It can also be controlled or removed if it produces adverse side effects.
The battery lasts on average five to eight years, depending on the targeted area in the brain and on the patient. Battery depletion does not require another brain surgery. The old battery, located below the collarbone, can be replaced in about 30 minutes. Deep Brain Stimulations that can be charged from the outside and with lifespans of up to 25 years can be used for dystonia patients, who require higher electric pulses. Deep Brain Stimulations do not affect one's daily life at all. Patients can engage in all kinds of sports, including swimming. Deep Brain Stimulation Patients are given a document stating that they have an implanted electronic device, so that they can pass through metal detectors without encountering any problems. Deep Brain Stimulation Patients are not allowed to get an MRI scan as it can change the deep brain stimulation's settings. If it is deemed extremely necessary, patients can undergo an MRI scan under the care of a specialist.