Brain Surgery For Parkinson’s Changed My Life, But Now My Symptoms Are Back
Dan Stark’s experience is typical. I had DBS just under 12 years ago. Things went so well that I became a huge fan of the procedure.
I used to tell people considering deep brain stimulation – which involves the surgical implantation of electrodes into the brain – that it gave the typical Parkinson’s sufferer perhaps 10 years of relief, during which the symptoms would be relatively minor. The bet – this is, after all, brain surgery that carries some risk of serious adverse results – would be that sometime during that decade, researchers would come up with a real solution. In other words, DBS was a way to buy time. Still, 10 years is no small period, particularly for those who have no other hope.
My experience is typical. I had DBS just under 12 years ago. Things went so well that I became a huge fan of the procedure.