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Deep brain stimulation

Published on 25 June 2021

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a treatment that can ease the symptoms of movement disorders. Examples include Parkinson’s disease and dystonia. The service has a base at the Institute of Neurological Sciences in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow.

What is deep brain stimulation?

A very fine wire with electrodes at the tips is surgically implanted into the brain. The electrodes send a continuous electrical pulse to the brain, which has the ability to reduce the symptoms of tremor or dystonia.

The service provides assessment, surgical intervention, post-operative care and follow-up management post-surgery. Ongoing care is given by local services.

DBS is for patients who have become refractory (non-responsive) to medical management. It aims to allow patients to decrease medication, or to make the medication regime more tolerable.

Symptoms that it helps include neurological problems, such as:

  • tremor
  • rigidity
  • stiffness
  • slowness of movement

Lead clinician

Patricia Littlechild

Address

Institute of Neurological Sciences
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
1345 Govan Road
Glasgow
G51 4T

NSD contact

nss.specialistservices@nhs.scot

Please note that NSD does not directly provide medical services and we won't be able to answer queries about your own care or appointments. If you would like to discuss any aspects of your care, please contact your primary healthcare provider. This might be your GP, Consultant, Nurse or other healthcare professional. They will be best placed to give you the right advice.