Deep Brain Stimulation

John had DBS surgery in December 2018 to assist day to day living with Parkinson’s.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke describes the treatment as follows:

DBS “is a surgical procedure used to treat a variety of disabling neurological symptoms—most commonly the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD), such as tremor, rigidity, stiffness, slowed movement, and walking problems. At present, the procedure is used only for patients whose symptoms cannot be adequately controlled with medications.”

It “uses a surgically implanted, battery-operated medical device called a neurostimulator—similar to a heart pacemaker and approximately the size of a stopwatch—to deliver electrical stimulation to targeted areas in the brain that control movement, blocking the abnormal nerve signals that cause tremor and PD symptoms.”

To learn more about DBS for Parkinson’s go to

https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/information-and-support/deep-brain-stimulation

John talks two days prior to having the operation:

https://vimeopro.com/nonesuchemedia/gonecycling/video/309701304

John talks three weeks after the operation:

https://vimeopro.com/nonesuchemedia/gonecycling/video/309707433

..and John talks here after having the pacemaker switched on:

https://vimeopro.com/nonesuchemedia/gonecycling/video/310429142

February 28th 2019: John has had to update visits to the St Georges hospital to have the pacemaker “tuned” to help find a happy medium between controlling the shaking in his right arm, strength to his right leg, balance, speech clarity and sleeping patterns. There has been signs of improvement since the operation ten weeks ago and it is appreciated that there is still some way to go.