DBS has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Parkinson's disease patients

25% greater improvement in mobility in 6 months
56% improvement in motor symptoms after one year 2,3,4
Marked improvement in motor function sustained until at least 5 years 4

Reduction in tremors

People with tremor will typically experience an average of 70% reduction in tremor, depending on the type and location of tremor.5

Reduction in medicine

With DBS, you may be able reduce the amount of medicine you're taking, which means getting freedom from the difficult side effects, like uncontrolled movement, incontinence, and moodiness.6

Increased mobility

With DBS, you get significantly more "on time"—meaning you're in control and have the independence to get around and live your life.2,3,4

Peter's Experience with DBS

"The difference it made to my life is just remarkable"

Is It Safe?

"My surgery went extremely well. It may sound like a big deal, but once it goes ahead, it's quite simple and easy."
—DBS Patient

While there's risk with every surgery, DBS isn't a new therapy, and for many patients with Parkinson's disease, DBS therapy is a normal part of their treatment journey.

More than a quarter century of clinical trials and patient experiences have tested the safety and effectiveness of treating Parkinson's disease with DBS. Hundreds of thousands of patients like you are already experiencing the benefits.

You should review the risks and benefits of DBS with your physician.

Dr. Jens Volkmann, MD PhD, Chairman and Professor of Neurology at University Clinic of Wurzburg (Germany) and global thought leader in DBS discusses the safety of deep brain stimulation.

See how DBS works

The DBS system has two main parts—leads and battery. This short video shows you how these parts are placed in your body to control the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

The DBS Journey

1. Explore your options
2. Have a DBS Surgery Evaluation
3. Lead Implantation
4. Battery Implantation
5. Programming and Optimization
The best time to do this is when symptoms are still responding to medications. Begin by finding a Movement Disorder Specialist—a neurologist with special training in treating movement disorders like Parkinson's disease, and by confirming you have health coverage for DBS surgery. Then you'll be ready to take advantage of all your options when it gets harder to control your symptoms.
In this stage, you'll go through a thorough series of screenings to ensure that you're a good candidate for DBS. This may include a neurological consult, medication testing, neuropsychological evaluation, general health screening, brain imaging, and lab work.
The first step in the surgical process is to place the leads in the brain. During the surgery, your doctor may perform tests to ensure that the leads are positioned correctly by asking you to move your arms and legs, or make other simple movements. Afterwards, expect to stay in the hospital at least overnight for monitoring.
This is an outpatient surgical procedure that typically happens a week or two after the leads are implanted. When the IPG is implanted, you'll be under general anesthesia, and the IPG will be connected to your leads via the extension.
Following your surgery and recovery, your device will be turned on and the stimulation settings will be customized for you. In the months after your device is implanted, you'll work closely with your care team to make adjustments to your device and your medications to help best control your symptoms.

Is DBS right for you?

Take a quick self-assessment to find out

1. Are you taking this assessment for yourself or on behalf of a loved one?

2. Tell us a little more about yourself

2. Tell us a little more about your loved one

Year of birth

3. Have you been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease by a physician?

3. Has your loved one been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease by a physician?

4. Have you experienced any of the following symptoms for five years or longer?

Select all that apply:

4. Has your loved one experienced any of the following symptoms for five years or longer?

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5. You may have better or worse control over your movements depending on the time of day. For each period of the day, indicate when you are typically "ON" (good control) or "OFF" (poor control).

5. Your loved one may have better or worse control over their movements depending on the time of day. For each period of the day, indicate when they are typically "ON" (good control) or "OFF" (poor control).

ON
OFF
When you first wake up When first waking up
Morning hours
Late morning
Afternoon
Late afternoon
Evening
When you go to bed When going to bed

6. Are you currently treating your Parkinson's disease with any of the following drugs?

6. Is your loved one currently treating their Parkinson's disease with any of the following drugs?

7. Have you been on the same medication regime for a year or more?

7. Has your loved one been on the same medication regime for a year or more?

Which other approaches are you currently using to manage your symptoms

Which other approaches is your loved one currently using to manage their symptoms

8. Do you have any of the following conditions

8. Does your loved one have any of the following conditions

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YOUR RESULTS

Based on your answers, you may be a candidate for DBS, but only a doctor can determine that for sure.

Based on your answers, your loved one may be a candidate for DBS, but only a doctor can determine that for sure.

YOUR NEXT STEP: Answer a few more questions to complete your personalized discussion guide and have a conversation with your movement disorder neurologist about how DBS could help you today.

YOUR NEXT STEP: Answer a few more questions to complete a personalized discussion guide and have a conversation with a movement disorder neurologist about how DBS could help your loved one today.

YOUR RESULTS

Based on your answers, DBS may not be a treatment option for you at present, but only a doctor can determine that for sure.

Based on your answers, DBS may not be a treatment option for your loved one at present, but only a doctor can determine that for sure.

However, as the needs of your condition change, DBS could become a good treatment option for you. Be sure to have a conversation with a doctor about what treatment options are best for you.

However, as the needs of your loved one's condition change, DBS could become a good treatment option. Be sure to have a conversation with a doctor about what treatment options are best for your loved one.

Create your guide

Use this tool to rank your top three treatment goals you would like to achieve with DBS* Use this tool to rank the top three treatment goals your loved one would like to achieve with DBS*
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* This is not an exhaustive list of all the treatment goals and individual patient may have.

What other topics would you like to discuss with your movement disorder neurologist about DBS or Parkinson's disease?

What other topics would your loved one like to discuss with a movement disorder neurologist about DBS or Parkinson's disease?

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Download your personalized Discussion Guide and schedule an appointment with a movement disorder neurologist to find out if DBS is an option for you.

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Why you shouldn't wait

Research shows that the optimal time to get DBS is when your medications are just starting to become less effective, but before your medications no longer work. You'll notice that your medicine doses don't work until the end of the dose, or you have to start taking medication more often, or your medication begins to cause increased dyskinesia.

The sooner you talk to your doctor about it, you'll be ready to go when the time is right and not miss the opportunity to receive DBS therapy. Once your movements no longer respond to medication, you are no longer a candidate for DBS.

Meet Vercise™ Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

Not all DBS systems are created equal. We spent a decade developing the perfect technology to meet the complex needs of the brain.

The brain requires incredible sensitivity and adaptability—more so than any other organ in the body. So instead of adapting pacemaker technology to create our DBS system, we spent a decade developing the perfect technology to meet these very specific needs.

Introducing Vercise DBS.

Rafael Carbunaru, VP of Research and Development at Boston Scientific Corporation, shares why Boston Scientific chose to use a different technology platform than other DBS manufacturers.

Vercise DBS adapts easily to changes in your brain

Parkinson's disease is a progressive disease, and only Vercise DBS has the advanced technology to maintain the quality of your therapy as changes in your brain occur. Vercise DBS is designed to minimize the side effects sometimes caused by undesirable stimulation, and give more opportunities for DBS to be effective. And if your physician needs to make further changes, it offers your doctor the most options for precise stimulation.

Vercise DBS is designed to minimize the number of surgeries needed

Most devices require a surgery to replace the battery every 3-5 years. Vercise DBS has a rechargeable battery, giving you unparalleled battery longevity, so you don't need to worry about any more surgeries. Every week or two, place the lightweight, wireless charging collar over your shoulders and relax—you can do it in front of the TV or while reading a book.

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About Boston Scientific

Founded in 1979, Boston Scientific is dedicated to transforming the lives of patients around the world. Each year, our devices treat 22 million patients in over 100 countries.

Throughout our history, we've collaborated with healthcare providers to create meaningful solutions that matter to clinicians and patients. Our unwavering commitment to excellence shows up in our product development, manufacturing rigor, and education of clinicians and patients—and ultimately in the devices that go to the patients we serve.