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About CARE Hospitals

With 14 hospitals spread across 6 cities, CARE Hospitals is a regional leader in tertiary care. It is ranked among the top 5 pan-Indian hospital chains and is driven by the core principle ‘to provide care that people trust’ through cost-effective medical care in more than 30 specialties.

What is DBS?

Deep Brain Stimulation is a surgical procedure that involves the placement of a medical device that sends electric impulses to the brain for the treatment of body movements. This is used for people suffering from Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, and dystonia. It helps change the brain’s activity in a controlled manner.

Who All Need DBS?

People who need DBS face issues such as -

  • Movement disorder with worsening symptoms and no results of the medication
  • Troubled periods between the first doze wearing off and before the time for the second dose
  • Troubling phases when you develop medication induced dyskinesias
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Dystonia
  • Essential tremor

How to Prepare for the Surgery?

Undergoing DBS can be a bit tiring as the procedure generally lasts for a full day, during which you will be awake and without any medication. If not admitted the previous night, you’re asked to arrive at the hospital two hours prior to the surgery for the pre-procedure prep. The following things are to be kept in mind on the morning of the surgery -

  • Inform the doctor of all your allergies and medications.
  • Shower using antibacterial soap and wear freshly washed clothes.

What to Expect from the Surgery?

A special head frame called stereotactic head frame is fitted by the doctors to keep your head still during the procedure. Areas in your brain where electrodes can be placed are identified by mapping the brain with the help of an MRI. Local anaesthesia is administered to numb the scalp before surgery. A thin wire lead with four electrodes is implanted into a specific part of your brain. A neurostimulator is implanted near the collarbone through a wire placed under your skin.

You will remain awake and alert during the procedure so that your neurologist can ensure that the right parts of your brain are being stimulated. You are constantly monitored by both the surgeon and the neurologist during the surgery.

The second part of the surgery entails implantation of the pulse generator (device containing batteries) under the skin in your chest, near the collarbone. This is done a few days post the surgery, under general anaesthesia. Wires from the brain electrodes are guided towards the battery-operated pulse generator, which is programmed to send continuous electrical pulses to your brain.

Life After Surgery

Once you’re done with the surgical procedure, the doctors at CARE Hospitals will inform you how to go about your own stimulation. There is a handheld controller that allows you to turn the stimulator on and off, select programs and adjust the intensity as per your need. Most of the patients always prefer to keep the stimulator on. You will have to regularly charge your stimulator.

Why CARE Hospitals?

CARE Hospitals is recognised as one of the most advanced, all-round health care centre in the country, powered by cross-functional teams comprising of surgeons, critical care and emergency medicine specialists. The founding team of CARE Hospitals comprises of medical innovators and pioneers who are passionately driven to make healthcare affordable for all, while ensuring clinical outcomes at par with international standards.

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