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Deep Brain Stimulation

Treating Parkinson’s & Other Diseases with DBS

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a treatment for movement symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including shaking, stiffness, and difficulty moving. Dr. Khan is the only doctor in the entire South Bay that performs this neurological procedure. This procedure uses electrical stimulation and implants to treat complicated diseases like Parkinson’s. He is assisted by Neng Huang, a neurologist who is also on staff at Good Samaritan Hospital. If your Parkinson’s medications are not working as well as they used to, see our specialists to find out if this proven and safe treatment may be right for you.

How DBS Works

A small, pacemaker-like device sends electronic signals to an area in the brain that controls movement. A specially trained neurosurgeon places the device under the skin in the chest, and very thin wires connect the device to your brain.

The settings can be adjusted to optimize the therapy for each patient. Getting the initial settings right may take several sessions. Over time, the settings can be adjusted to meet a patient’s changing needs. The device requires no daily maintenance or special care. Patients will have a controller that can turn the system on and off, adjust stimulation, and check the battery.

Still have questions? Learn more about this treatment option below.

Parkinson's disease, tremors and dystonia are all commonly treated with deep brain stimulation (DBS). In this video, neurosurgeon Fahd Khan, MD, of Good Samaritan Hospital describe other conditions that may someday be treated with DBS.

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) involves placing thin wires into the brain and using electrical currents to treat certain diseases. In this video, neurosurgeon Fahd Khan, MD, of Good Samaritan Hospital explains how the procedure works.

Patients who feel their quality of life is suffering may want to consider deep brain stimulation (DBS), says neurosurgeion Fahd Khan, MD, of Good Samaritan Hospital. Here he describes other factors that might lead someone to look into DBS.

Prognosis is good for Parkinson's disease patients who undergo deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery, says neurosurgeon Fahd Khan, MD, of Good Samaritan Hospital. In this video he explains what DBS can do for symptoms, as well as its limitations.

Wires used for deep brain stimulation (DBS) are only as thick as a couple strands of hair. In this video, neurosurgeon Fahd Khan, MD, of Good Samaritan Hospital shows a sample wire and explains how DBS works to treat diseases.

Placement of wires for deep brain stimulation (DBS) is always done permanently.

The battery pack used for deep brain stimulation is about the same size as a pacemaker.

The battery, or generator, for deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery is implanted during the second stage of the procedure. In this video, neurosurgeon Fahd Khan, MD, of Good Samaritan Hospital, shows an example of the battery.

More than about 110,000 people have had deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery. In this video, neurosurgeon Fahd Khan, MD, of Good Samaritan Hospital, explains how the surgery started in Europe and has grown in the U.S. since the late 1990s.

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery can be difficult on a patient, but now they can be asleep for most of it, says neurosurgeon Fahd Khan, MD, of Good Samaritan Hospital. In this video, he describes the advantages of his hospital's technique.

How Our Procedure Is Different

Good Samaritan Hospital is the only center in California that routinely performs deep brain stimulation treatments. Dr. Khan is truly differentiating how we complete surgery for people who have been affected by Parkinson’s disease. Once the disease has started to affect a patient’s quality of life, they may look to surgery. In a standard procedure, the patient would be kept awake and asked to participate actively. This can lead to longer surgeries and more time in the operating room.

With us, we make it easier and safer for the patient. All of our surgeries are done while the patient is asleep. They are placed under general anesthesia, and by the time they wake up, everything is done. The entire procedure only takes about three hours. The results of this procedure have been extremely positive. All of the surgeries are performed on a Thursday morning, and the patients are monitored overnight and discharged the next day.

The stimulation is turned on one to two weeks after the surgery, and the patient is kept on medication. The stimulator is turned on every three hours, around-the-clock.

How DBS Helps

Deep brain stimulation with medications:

  • Provides 5 additional hours of movement control each day.
  • Improves quality of life more than medications alone.
  • Makes it easier to do daily activities like bathing and getting dressed.
  • Significantly reduces medication use, which may mean fewer related side effects.

DBS is an FDA-approved therapy for Parkinson’s disease symptoms that has been helping people for 25+ years. It is not an experimental treatment and remains adjustable for patients.

Find a Specialist

DBS Therapy is not for everyone, so it's vital that you talk with our deep brain stimulation specialists about the benefits and the risks for you personally.

Important Safety Information

It is helpful to understand this is isn’t a cure. Parkinson’s will advance over time, but this gives us a better treatment and reduces a patient’s time in a disabled state.