Taking a Closer Look at Deep Brain Stimulation at RCH

Neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy can be the cause of a number of disruptive symptoms, including tremors and seizures, which may prevent you from living the independent life you want. While there is no cure for these conditions, there are therapies that can limit the frequency of symptoms and help you enjoy a higher quality of life in your daily routine. Deep brain stimulation is one type of therapy that uses electrical signals to stimulate areas of the brain that control mood and movement for greater control over neurological and movement disorders. At Riverside Community Hospital, we utilize DBS as part of our neurological surgery program, which utilizes state-of-the-art technology to provide exceptional care for patients in the Inland Empire.

When is DBS needed?

Deep brain stimulation is most often associated with the management of Parkinson’s disease, though it can be used in a wide range of conditions that may cause tremors, slow movement, rigidity, and walking problems. DBS is rarely the first line of treatment, though it is typically very effective when it is used appropriately.

What happens during deep brain stimulation?

Deep brain stimulation is a pain-free surgical procedure performed in two phases. The first stage of surgery takes place under local anesthesia, while the second part is done under general anesthesia. Electrical pulses travel from a special neurotransmitter placed in the brain tissue to block electrical signals that might negatively affect movement and behavior.

Why choose RCH for your care?

With Riverside Community Hospital, you can expect complete care with sophisticated imaging technologies and a personalized treatment approach tailored to your needs.

To get a closer look at the neurological services of Riverside Community Hospital, visit our website or call us at (951) 788-3463. Our nurses are available to take your call around-the-clock and provide answers to your health questions.

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