Advantages And Disadvantages Of Deep Brain Stimulation

The advantages of DBS compared to lesion surgeries include no destructive lesion in the brain, the ability to adjust stimulation parameters to increase efficacy or reduce adverse effects, the performance of bilateral procedures with increased safety and reduced adverse effects, and the reversibility of the system to accommodate the potential use of future therapies. The disadvantages include cost of the system, time and effort involved in programming the system, repeat surgeries related to device complications, the use of general anesthesia for IPG and extension wire implantation, and battery replacement every three to five years.

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