Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery: Candidacy, Risks, and Management

Lecture Description
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) can result in a dramatic reduction of Parkinsonian symptoms and can improve the quality of life; however, not all patients will be candidates for this surgical procedure. DBS involves implanting electrodes within certain areas of the brain. These electrodes produce electrical impulses that can help regulate abnormal impulses. View this presentation to learn characteristics of a good DBS candidate, the associated risks, and the intricacies involved in programming the device.

Learner Outcomes:
  • •  Describe the basics of deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery as a treatment option for Parkinson's disease.
  • •  List three characteristics of an appropriate candidate for DBS.
  • •  State at least two advantages, disadvantages, and/or complications associated with DBS.

J. Michael Desaloms, MD & Madhavi Thomas, MD

J. Michael Desaloms, MD
Financial Relationship: Received an honorarium for this lecture
Nonfinancial Relationship: None

Dr. Desaloms graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in 1992. He completed his residency in Neurosurgery in 1998 and was Chief Resident prior to joining Dallas Neurosurgical and Spine in 1998. Dr. Desaloms served as Chairman of the Neurosurgical Department and Director of the Movement Disorder Surgery Center at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas where he remains on staff. Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, Dr. Desaloms is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Texas Medical Association, and the American Medical Association.

Madhavi Thomas, MD
Financial Relationship: Received an honorarium for this lecture
Nonfinancial Relationship: Volunteer member of Parkinson Voice Project's Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Thomas earned her medical degree at Andhra Medical College, India and completed postgraduate training in the UK in internal medicine and subspecialties, including neurology. She served as faculty for the Movement Disorders Center at Baylor College of Medicine and then worked at Experimental Therapeutics Branch, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland until March 2005. She is now President of North Texas Movement Disorders Institute, Inc., a center for clinical care and research in movement disorders located in Bedford, Texas. Dr. Thomas has specialized training in botulinum toxin injections and deep brain stimulation treatment. She has completed several research studies, and is published in major neurology journals and textbooks.