‘Only a few years ago I wouldn't have been able imagine the opportunities and improved quality of life that I now have in my daily life.’
Tony Seidl, Living with DBS*
After your DBS surgery, depending on the device you have implanted you will be given the following:
MRI Scan Setup
Your Neurologist will be able to provide you more information in regards to meeting MRI-conditional needs before going into your MRI scan. It is your responsibility before attending an MRI appointment is to ensure your remote control is fully charged.
To be able to have an MRI scan, your Neurologist will put your stimulator into MRI-mode which will de-activate your device. Your neurologist will ensure you have been given the appropriate medical care to manage the return of symptoms before performing an MRI scan.
On the day of your MRI-scan, you must bring your remote control and charging system. You will be put into MRI-mode where the stimulation will be idle. After the scan, you will be able to exit MRI-mode.
Travelling with your DBS System
Locate your nearest Neuro-centre when you go abroad. We have collated all the Neuro-centres across the globe. If you required assistant whilst abroad, you can simply call up a local neuro-centre for advice and guidance.
Airport Security: Passing through some metal detectors or security gates, like those at airports and department stores, may increase the stimulation or turn off your DBS system. Always have your ID card, your remote control and charging system when passing through airport security.
Before walking through a security gate, show your device identification card to security and request a hand search. If a security wand is used, ask the security personnel to avoid placing it over your device.
10 Things to Know about DBS
DBS may help you to control some of the disabling symptoms of your condition. You may be able to return to some of the daily activities you were able to enjoy before, and improve your overall quality of life.*
* Results of DBS surgery are unique to each patient. Always talk to your physician about what activities you may be able to carry out after DBS treatment.
Replacing an Existing Battery
If you are a DBS patient implanted with an IPG that is not a Boston Scientific IPG and are ready for a replacement, it is possible to receive a Vercise™ Genus R16 or Vercise Genus P16 device. Our Vercise M8 Adapter conversion system allows you to keep the leads you have in place now and still receive the latest DBS therapy without undergoing lead revision surgery.
Always discuss the possibilities with your specialist team.
Post Implant Support
We're always here for you if you need us, and are just a phone call or email away, but if something doesn't feel right, call your doctor. In case of an emergency, call 999 immediately.
*Results from case studies are not necessarily predictive of results in other cases. Results in other cases may vary.
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