Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

At CHI Franciscan Health, we offer hope for people who have movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia. A surgical procedure known as deep brain stimulation (DBS) can help relieve your symptoms.

How DBS works

DBS is a surgical treatment that uses a device called a neurostimulator to deliver electrical signals to the brain. For people with movement disorders, we treat the areas of the brain that control movement, pain and mood.

DBS, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), provides long-term management for symptoms including:

  • Difficulty walking
  • Rigidity and stiffness
  • Slow or difficult movement
  • Tremors

We have seen excellent outcomes for patients with conditions such as:

Innovative treatment for movement disorders

St. Joseph Medical Center is the South Sound region’s only source for this innovative technology. Our team of DBS experts, including a neurosurgeon, neurologist, advanced practice nurse and registered nurse, has special training in this technique.

Through our holistic approach, we also offer treatment as needed with neuropsychologists and rehabilitation services with physical, occupational and speech therapists. As you progress through your treatment, your entire care team stays in close communication with you to make sure we’re providing care that is specific to your needs.

Learn more about deep brain stimulation in our Health Library.

Find a doctor for DBS treatment

To make an appointment, find a neurosurgeon online or call 888-825-3227 for a referral.