Programming Your DBS System

Take Greater Control

Your St. Jude Medical Infinity™ DBS system includes your wireless iOS mobile programmer, which allows you to turn your implantable pulse generator (IPG) off and on, and to adjust settings—within limits set by your doctor.

Although physicians differ about how soon after deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery therapy should be turned on, most wait several weeks. Your physician will decide when to turn on your implantable pulse generator (IPG) and program its settings based upon what he or she thinks is right for you and your recovery.

Initial programming session

During your initial programming session, a clinician will turn on your IPG and program its settings wirelessly. You will receive a User's Guide for your programmer. Make sure to keep it in a place where you can easily find it. Refer to your User's Guide for complete instructions on how to use and care for your programmer.

Having your system adjusted

As you recover from the procedure, you and the clinician programming your DBS system will work together to develop the right combination of stimulation and medication for you. Initially, you may need to visit your doctor frequently to find the right settings for you. Later, you should only need appointments for minor adjustments and check-ups.

Continue to discuss your expectations, as well as any questions or concerns, with your physician and clinician. If you experience problems with your stimulation, tell your doctor right away.