Like a Pacemaker for the Brain (Video)

Parkinson’s patients helped with implanted electrodes

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There may come a time when some patients with Parkinson’s disease need more than medications to manage their tremors, rigidity, slowness of movement and balance problems. For them, deep brain stimulation is an option.

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During deep brain stimulation surgery, electrodes are implanted in the brain to deliver electrical impulses that block the abnormal activity which causes movement disorders.

Andre Machado, MD, PhD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Neurological Restoration, describes deep brain stimulation as being “like a pacemaker for the brain.”

Dr. Machado describes the deep brain stimulation surgery and the sophisticated all-in-one operation that permits surgeons to get immediate images of the brain after the electrodes have been placed:

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