Deep Brain Stimulation

One of the most revolutionary and even life-saving treatment options for patients with movement disorders or epilepsy is Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS).

The Ayer Neuroscience Institute has a dedicated team of neurosurgeons with advanced training in DBS and decades of experience who regularly perform this surgical procedure that dramatically decreases symptoms and restores movement and quality of life.

Our Deep Brain Stimulation Program began in 2017 and within four years, our results placed us in the top 7.5 percent of all DBS implanting centers in the country. One hundred percent of our movement disorder patients report improvement in their primary symptom.

Within 5 years, our level of experience ranks in the top 4.8% of all DBS implanting centers in the nation, as per current data from one of the global leaders in deep brain stimulation therapy.

Your neurologist will talk to you about whether DBS is an option for you.

 

How Deep Brain Stimulation Works

DBS involves implanting electrodes in your brain that connect to a pacemaker-like battery implanted in your chest. Electrical impulses are sent from the battery to stimulate a targeted area in your brain, altering activity there and stopping unwanted movement.

DBS is different from other surgical procedures used to treat epilepsy and movement disorders because it does not destroy brain tissue. The stimulation level can also be adjusted and the procedure is completely reversible if necessary.

Two separate surgical procedures are needed to launch DBS therapy. In the first, neurosurgeons implant electrodes into a predetermined part of your brain. A few weeks later, in a second surgery, they implant the battery-powered device in your chest and connect the electrodes to the device with a thin wire.

About a month later in an office visit, your neurologist will program the battery-powered device. You may need several programming sessions to find the best level of stimulation to relieve your symptoms.

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Understanding Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

In this FREE virtual info session, join Sarah Zurek, RN, BSN, Deep Brain Stimulation Program Coordinator to learn about DBS as a treatment option for Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and dystonia. Q&A will follow the presentation.

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Deep Brain Stimulation Care Team

Ayer specialists from the Chase Family Movement Disorders Center and Epilepsy Center collaborate with the neurosurgeons and other specialists at the Deep Brain Stimulation Program to ensure a safe experience for you.

Our DBS program team includes:

Our DBS specialists include:

Jeffrey Lahrmann

4.8

Neurology

Medical Group Chase Family Movement Disorders Center
Vernon, CT 06066
Benjamin Dorfman

4.8

Neurology

Medical Group Chase Family Movement Disorders Center at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
Torrington, CT 06790
Michelle Dagostine

5

Neurology

Medical Group Chase Family Movement Disorders Center
Cheshire, CT 06410
Elena Bortan

4.9

Neurology

Medical Group Chase Family Movement Disorders Center
Mystic, CT 06355
Duarte Machado

4.9

Neurology

Medical Group Chase Family Movement Disorders Center
Cheshire, CT 06410
Maria Moro De Casillas

5

Neurology

Medical Group Chase Family Movement Disorders Center
Mystic, CT 06355
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Hartford, CT 06106
Jennifer Caruso Meade

 

Neuropsychology

Medical Group Chase Family Movement Disorders Center
Vernon, CT 06066
Patrick Senatus

4.5

Neurosurgery

The Ayer Neuroscience Institute
Hartford HealthCare HealthCenter - Tri City Plaza
Vernon, CT 06066
Joy Antonelle de Marcaida

4.8

Neurology

Medical Group Chase Family Movement Disorders Center
Vernon, CT 06066
Leon Meytin

4.9

Neurology

Medical Group Chase Family Movement Disorders Center
Bridgeport, CT 06606

Ayer Neuroscience Institute