Deep Brain Stimulation
For patients in need of deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy, successful outcomes depend upon accurate placement of the DBS lead. This is why surgeons rely on our highly experienced, PhD-trained DBS specialists. By performing one in eight DBS procedures in the U.S.—more than 800 procedures each year—our market-leading DBS team provides unmatched expertise in microelectrode recording (MER) and stimulation mapping techniques to optimize patient outcomes while minimizing stimulation-induced side effects. Our extensive experience and specialized training in DBS mapping protocols and DBS equipment (i.e., stereotactic, neurophysiology, and microdrive systems) ensure that your surgeons receive the best guidance available without adding significant surgical time.
Accredited and certified by The Joint Commission, evidence of our ongoing commitment to clinical excellence, quality, and continuous improvement.
We perform 800 DBS procedures in over 70 hospitals across the U.S. each year.
Our dedicated Deep Brain Stimulation program has been in operation since 2001.
Our PhD-trained neurophysiologists are experts in subcortical mapping for DBS implantation.
WHAT WE PROVIDE
The success of DBS therapy depends upon accurate placement of the DBS lead, which allows maximal treatment efficacy and battery life, with minimal stimulation-induced side effects. To ensure the degree of accuracy and skill needed to achieve optimal results, our neurophysiologists receive ongoing training through our DBS program, hands-on training at many of the busiest DBS centers in the country, and additional experience in stereotactic, neurophysiology, and surgical planning systems at a variety of top-tier DBS hospitals. This deep experience and ongoing training enables us to provide you with reliable technical interpretation of microelectrode and stimulation mapping results. Surgeons appreciate that our highly customized and efficient mapping protocol does not add significant surgical time. Contact us to learn how we can provide any combination of the following services for your hospital:
- Specialized capital equipment necessary for subcortical brain mapping, including microelectrode recording and microdrive systems from FHC or Alpha-Omega
- Assistance with surgical planning
- Set up, operate, and troubleshooting of neurophysiology system
- Operation of microdrives that advance microelectrodes (surgeon does not need to scrub out)
- Identification of location of neurons responsive to kinesthetic, tactile, or visual stimulation
- Assistance in identification of stimulation-induced treatment efficacy and side effects
- Technical summary and interpretation of MER and stimulation results to help surgeon identify optimal location to implant the DBS lead
- Upon request, consultation on technical issues related to the DBS procedure
- Didactic support for OR staff, residents, and visitors regarding the theory and practice of DBS
- Scientific support for ongoing research projects
Deep brain stimulation therapy is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the symptoms of neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, and obsessive compulsive disorder. DBS is also being explored as a treatment for several other disorders, including Tourette syndrome, epilepsy, and neuropathic pain. During the DBS implantation surgery, an electrode is placed in the brain to regulate abnormal electrical activity. Our neurophysiologists assist the surgeon by performing “DBS mapping” to identify the best location to place the electrode. The procedure is done while you are awake. We monitor the activity of the brain cells, and conduct test stimulation prior to the placement of the permanent electrode. With DBS mapping, your surgeon is able to find the spot that will be most effective at reducing your symptoms while limiting potential side effects.
At a time when change is certain, partners who know how to transform the delivery of healthcare are critical to your success. SpecialtyCare’s patient-focused services minimize clinical variation, resulting in greater patient safety, improved clinical outcomes, and lower costs. As a result, our customers get the reliable, consistent value they need to be leaders.