DBS for Essential Tremor

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Have you had to change your life because of uncontrollable symptoms of essential tremor? Your continued loss of independence likely affects not only what you can and cannot do, like driving, dressing, doing chores and even eating and drinking, but also how you feel about life. 

When your symptoms continue to limit your ability to do daily tasks and the things you love, you and your doctor may consider a proven, safe and effective alternative1,3deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy—and a therapy option like the St. Jude Medical Infinity™ DBS system.

Both patient and caregivers note that patients saw improvements in their quality of life with DBS therapy,1 while 98% of  DBS therapy patients would recommend it to others with essential tremor.1


Is DBS therapy for you?

When your essential tremor (ET) symptoms began disrupting your life significantly, your doctor may have prescribed drug therapy with a medication such as propranolol or primidone. Unfortunately, there are not many drug therapy options for managing ET symptoms, and fewer than sixty percent of people with ET are helped by medication.2 You may be among them.

If medication has not helped to control your symptoms adequately, and when rehabilitation strategies become less effective, DBS therapy may be a logical next step for your on-going therapy.

DBS therapy has shown an improvement in tremor that is maintained in the majority of ET patients up to 10 years and more after surgery.3


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Why St. Jude Medical? Results are clinically proven.

Demonstrating DBS therapy benefits, St. Jude Medical clinical studies have shown:

  • 9 out of 10 patients said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the system’s ability to control their symptoms1
  • 98% of therapy patients would recommend DBS therapy to someone dealing with essential tremor1
  • Improvements in patients’ quality of life and symptoms of depression, as noticed by both patients and caregivers1

While DBS therapy is proven to help manage symptoms related to ET, it is important to understand that DBS is not a cure. St. Jude Medical™ DBS therapy can treat some of the symptoms of ET, but does not cure the underlying condition.

DBS therapy is not for everyone, so it is important to talk with your physician about the benefits and risks. DBS has risks associated with brain surgery, which may include serious complications such as coma, bleeding inside the brain, paralysis, seizures and infection. Some of these may be fatal. If side effects are intolerable or you are not satisfied with the therapy, the DBS system can be turned off or surgically removed. See more about risks for DBS therapy.

REFERENCES

1. St. Jude Medical. (2014). Data on file, Essential Tremor Final Report C-04-02. n = 127.
2. International Essential Tremor Foundation. (2013). Facts about essential tremor. Retrieved from http://www.essentialtremor.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/FactSheet012013.pdf
3. Baizabal-Carvallo, J. F., Kagnoff, Melissa N., Jimenez-Shahed, J., Fekete, R., & Jankovic, J. (2013). The safety and efficacy of thalamic deep brain stimulation in essential tremor: 10 years and beyond. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 85(5), 567-572. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jnnp-2013-304943