Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure used to treat a variety of neurological symptoms-most commonly the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD), such as tremor (shaking), stiffness, slowed movement, and walking problems. The procedure is also used to treat essential tremor or shaking.
DBS does not cure Parkinson's, but it can help manage some of its symptoms and subsequently improve the patient's quality of life. Although most patients still need to take medication after undergoing DBS, many patients experience considerable reduction of their PD symptoms and are able to greatly reduce their medications.
CHI St. Alexius Health is the only healthcare provider to offer deep brain stimulation to western North Dakota in addition to providing this service in central North Dakota. Patients no longer need to travel great distances to benefit from this surgery.