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If you have been diagnosed with Essential Tremor (ET) you have options beyond just medication. Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a safe and proven medical treatment for Essential Tremor when medication alone is not effective. Unlike other surgical therapies, DBS is reversible, adjustable, and does not destroy tissue.
What is Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)?
DBS uses a small, surgically implanted device called a “stimulator” to send signals to a targeted portion of your brain. Electrical impulses interrupt the signals that cause essential tremor muscle movements. This can improve tremors on both sides of your body.
Why should you consider DBS?
Your symptoms have progressed.
- Most likely, your tremor gradually appeared and has worsened over time. What started as involuntary shaking in your hands, head, and voice is now making simple tasks more difficult.
Medication is not enough.
- If you were prescribed medication upon diagnosis, you may notice that its effects are diminishing. Plus, 30-50% of essential tremor patients may not even respond to medical therapy.1
DBS is a proven and safe therapy.
- Unlike other interventional therapies used to treat ET, DBS is reversible, adjustable and does not abate or destroy tissue.
DBS delivers results.
Reduction in Tremor
According to research, patients who have undergone DBS exhibit 60%-90% improvement in tremor.1
98% of the more than 200,000 people who have had the DBS procedure would recommend it to others.2,3
Patients reported an average score of 10 out of 10 in overall satisfaction with ventral intermediate nucleus of the thalamus (VIM) - DBS treatment.4
VAS Scale 1-10, where 0 is no effect of VIM-DBS on tremor and 10 is maximum effect.
Don’t miss your window of opportunity.
ET may only be a nuisance at this point. It might be something you treat with medication or other therapies. But, as your symptoms progress, there may be a time when you notice your medication becoming less effective. This is your window for DBS, which relies on acting during the window when medications begin to become less effective, but haven’t fully stopped working.1
Track how your ET symptoms progress, and how effective your medication is over time. Talk to your doctor or a DBS specialist when you're no longer able to control motor symptoms with only medications.
See how people like you are taking control of ET.
Hear from specialits who have seen encouraging results in people relying on DBS to help control Essential Tremor. And read the stories of people living with ET who have turned to DBS as an alternative to medication—and started to write new chapters in their life journeys.
Explore your DBS options for ET
We’ve spent over a decade adapting and innovating our DBS systems to help both you and your doctor customize a solution—so you can live life on your own terms.
Is DBS covered by insurance?
The FDA has approved DBS for the treatment of Essential Tremor.
- DBS should be covered by most major public and private health insurance companies
- Prior authorization may be required before the procedure
Be sure to ask your doctor's office about input they might have that could help your discussions with your insurance company.
Find out more about disrupting ET disruptions.
We’ve compiled some resources to help you further explore DBS as a viable ET treatment option. Gain the vital information you need—from scientists, doctors, and people just like you—to make an informed decision for your journey with ET.
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Take a moment to download and review some more information on the DBS device and how it can help you gain control over ET.
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Check out our schedule of online DBS-focused events. You can hear from both doctors and people living with ET about their DBS experience.
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References: 1. Zesiewicz TA, Chari A, Jahan I, et al. Overview of essential tremor. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2010;6:401–408. doi: 10.2147/ndt.s4795 2. Thomson C, Segrave R, Racine E, et al. The impact of deep brain stimulation on personality, identity, and relationships in neurological and psychiatric conditions. Brain Stimulation. 2019;12(2):P500. doi: 10.1016/j.brs.2018.12.636. 3. Wharen RE Jr, Okun MS, Guthrie BL, et al. Thalamic DBS with a constant current device in essential tremor: A controlled clinical trial. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2017 Jul:40:18-26. doi: 10.1016/j.parkreldis.2017.03.017. Epub 2017 Mar 30. 4. Børretzen MN, Bjerknes S, Sæhle T, et al. Long term follow up of thalamic deep brain stimulation for essential tremor patient satisfaction and mortality. BMC Neurol. 2014;14:120. doi: 10.1186/1471-2377-14-120.