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.

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.

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.

The DBS Program team includes:

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Bortan, Elena, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.9 / 5
Neurology
HHC Institute
Chase Family Movement Disorders Center
100 Perkins Farm Drive Suite 102
Mystic, CT 06355
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Caruso, Jennifer Ann, PsyD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.7 / 5
Neuropsychology
HHC Institute
Chase Family Movement Disorders Center
35 Talcottville Road Suite 6
Vernon, CT 06066
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Dagostine, Michelle, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
5 / 5
Neurology
HHC Institute
Chase Family Movement Disorders Center
280 South Main Street Suite 102
Cheshire, CT 06410
Offers Video Medicine
de Marcaida, Joy Antonelle, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.9 / 5
Neurology
HHC Institute
Chase Family Movement Disorders Center
35 Talcottville Road Suite 6
Vernon, CT 06066
Offers Video Medicine
Dorfman, Benjamin, MD
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
4.7 / 5
Neurology
HHC Institute
Chase Family Movement Disorders Center
280 South Main Street Suite 102
Cheshire, CT 06410
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