Deep brain stimulation

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Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a treatment which involves surgery to insert electrodes into a specific target in the brain. It is used to treat movement disorders and some types of epilepsy. Learn more about the surgery, how DBS works and how to care for your child after surgery.

Key points

  • DBS is a treatment that can help some children who still experience difficult symptoms despite having tried other treatments for their condition.
  • Once activated, DBS provides a mild electrical current to stimulate an area deep in the brain. The stimulation changes the activity of brain cells in a way that can relieve specific symptoms.
Last updated: August 16th 2021