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View our library of educational videos from top experts in the field of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), real people, and care partners. Find instructional videos to help you understand the procedure and how to easily use and maintain your Boston Scientific DBS System.
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How DBS Works
A Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) system has 3 parts—a stimulator that delivers mild electrical pulses to specialized wires called leads placed precisely in the motor region of your brain, and an insulated wire that connects the two, known as an extension. Watch this short video and see how your DBS System works in your body.1
Is DBS Safe?
While there’s risk with every surgery, DBS isn’t a new therapy, and for some people living with Parkinson’s disease, DBS therapy is frequently a normal part of their treatment journey. Dr. Jens Volkmann, MD, PhD, Chairman and Professor of Neurology at University Clinic of Wurzburg in Germany discusses the safety of Deep Brain Stimulation.
Living with DBS
Introduction to Charging
We make it easy to recharge your Boston Scientific DBS System. Every week or two, place the lightweight, wireless charging collar over your shoulders and relax. You can recharge your system while watching TV, reading a book, or talking on the phone. Watch this short video for a demonstration on how to recharge your Boston Scientific DBS System.
Upgrading your system
If you have a Medtronic device, you may be able to switch to a Boston Scientific DBS System at your next battery replacement. Hear Dr. Richard Bucholz discuss the benefits of upgrading your Boston Scientific DBS System.
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Making the switch
Over 10 years ago, Bill went through the DBS procedure with the only company offering the device at the time. His results were promising at first. When he noticed some of his symptoms returning, he decided to explore his options. He discovered he could switch to a Boston Scientific DBS System through an outpatient procedure. Watch his full story and hear his results.
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Results from case studies are not necessarily predictive of results in other cases. Results in other cases may vary.
References: 1. Boston Scientific Patient Information Brochure. A Brighter Future is Taking Shape: Treating Parkinson’s Disease with Deep Brain Stimulation. Copyright 2021
Indications for Use: The Boston Scientific Deep Brain Stimulation Systems are indicated for use in:
- Bilateral stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) as an adjunctive therapy in reducing some of the symptoms of moderate to advanced levodopa responsive Parkinson's disease (PD) that are not adequately controlled with medication.
- Bilateral stimulation of the internal globus pallidus (GPi) as an adjunctive therapy in reducing some of the symptoms of advanced levodopa responsive Parkinson's disease (PD) that are not adequately controlled with medication.
Contraindications, warnings, precautions, side effects: The Deep Brain Stimulation Systems or any of its components, is contraindicated for: Diathermy as either a treatment for a medical condition or as part of a surgical procedure, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as the safety of these therapies in patients implanted with the Vercise™ DBS System has not been established, patients who are unable to operate the system, patients who are poor surgical candidates or who experience unsuccessful test stimulation. Patients implanted with Boston Scientific Deep Brain Stimulation Systems without ImageReady™ MRI Technology should not be exposed to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Patients implanted with Vercise Gevia™ or Vercise Genus™ or Vercise DBS Lead-only system (before Stimulator is implanted) with ImageReady MRI Technology are Full Body MR Conditional only when exposed to the MRI environment under the specific conditions defined in ImageReady MRI Guidelines for Boston Scientific Deep Brain Stimulation Systems. Assess patients for the risks of depression and suicide. This assessment should consider both the risk of depression and suicide as well as the potential clinical benefits of DBS therapy. Monitor patients for new or worsening symptoms of depression, suicidal thoughts or behaviors, or changes in mood or impulse control and manage appropriately. Refer to the Instructions for Use provided with the Vercise DBS System or BostonScientific.com for potential adverse effects, warnings, and precautions prior to using this product.
Warnings: Unauthorized modification to the medical devices is prohibited. You should not be exposed to high stimulation levels. High level of stimulation may damage brain tissue. Patients implanted with the Vercise DBS System may be at risk for intracranial hemorrhages (bleeding in the brain) during DBS lead placement. Strong electromagnetic fields, such as power generators, security screeners or theft detection systems, can potentially turn the stimulator off, or cause unpredictable changes in stimulation. The system should not be charged while sleeping. If you notice new onset or worsening depression, changes in mood or behavior or impulse control, or have thoughts of suicide contact your physician or emergency services immediately. Chemical burns may result if the Vercise Stimulator housing is ruptured or pierced. The Deep Brain Stimulation System may interfere with the operation of implanted stimulation devices, such as cardiac pacemakers, implanted cardioverter defibrillators, or medication delivery pumps. Patients should operate motorized vehicles or potentially dangerous machinery with caution. It is unknown if the device may hurt an unborn baby. Your doctor may be able to provide additional information on the Boston Scientific Vercise DBS System. For complete indications for use, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and side effects, call 833-DBS-INFO or 833-327-4636.
CAUTION: U.S. Federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician.
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