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WHAT IS DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION? Deep brain stimulation may enable patients suffering from some movement disorders and related symptoms to have greater control over their movements, with more freedom to live and work. Neurologists and neurosurgeons have used electrical stimulation since the 1960s as a way to locate and distinguish specific sites in the brain. During the process, they discovered that stimulation of certain brain structures suppresses the symptoms of neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) uses a surgically implanted medical device, similar to a cardiac pacemaker, to deliver carefully controlled electrical stimulation to precisely targeted areas in the brain. It works by electrically stimulating specific structures that control unwanted symptoms. Source: Medtronic website - 16 -