Several pointers are provided by a columnist for adjusting to life following DBS surgery.
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) can be a transformative treatment for Parkinson’s disease, but it comes with its own set of considerations. Here are some key points to discuss with your patients considering this option.
- Mammograms & Scans: DBS devices must be turned off during mammograms, X-rays, and other scans. Plan ahead and inform the clinic.
- Travel: DBS devices can’t go through standard security scanners. Carry documentation for a pat-down search.
- Hair: Expect your head to be shaved and your scalp to have scars post-surgery.
- Weight Gain: DBS often leads to weight gain due to increased impulsiveness and appetite.
- Hot Tubs & Electric Blankets: Avoid heating the DBS system, as it can cause damage.
- Settings: It may take multiple appointments to optimize device settings.
- Realistic Expectations: DBS is not a cure but another tool for managing Parkinson’s symptoms.
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