I saw my Epileptologist today ( Monday ) . We were going over some other options to help improve my seizures. Maybe even stop them . She is planning to up the does of a couple meds and brought up the option of doing the DBS . She gave my wife and I a information packet on it . We will read through and make up our minds ( well I will decide that ) if I do it or not . I have 4 months until I have to see her again.
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DBS stands for Deep Brain Stimulator.
It’s kinda like the VNS . A pacemaker like device ( witch is the battery ) is place in the left chest area. Wires are connected to the battery device. On the other end of the wire , are electrodes. Instead of placing the Electrodes on top of the head like an EEG, they are placed directly under your skull on top of the brain in different areas.
Like the VNS it’s suppose to slow or stop us from seizuring.
Originally it was use to help people with Parkinson Disease . They discovered that this can also help with Epilepsy.
DBS from what I understand is for people that have tried everything and nothing has worked for them. They put small electronic thingies in/on your brain to control the seizures. It's a little like the VNS machine only a lot smaller and on the inside of the brain instead of the chest area.
DBS began with those Who had Parkinson's Disease. After awhile, the Neurologists thought it would work for Patients with Epilepsy too.
It a new treatment for Epilepsy. But , it’s been around since the 80s. It treated Parkinson Disease with the DBS
The Deep Brain Stimulator (DBS) and Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS) are not the same. I had my first VNS implanted in 2001. It sends a shock to your Vagus Nerve in your neck, which takes it to the outer layer of your brain to try and interrupt seizures. This year I became the first in Atlantic Canada to have a DEEP BRAIN STIMULATOR DBS also implanted and the wires go deep into your brain. The DBS came out a couple years ago for Parkinson's but they've just started using it on Epilepsy patients who's seizures originate from deep in their brain.
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