Living With DBS Therapy

Therapy Designed to Help You Live Your Best Life

Receiving a deep brain stimulation (DBS) system like the St. Jude Medical Infinity™ DBS system for your Parkinson's disease or essential tremor symptoms is a big step toward living a more independent life. As you begin using your system, follow your doctor's instructions. Also remember that DBS is a process, and not an event. It does not work simply by turning on the system. Turning the system on is just the start. After the initial implantation and activation, you will return to your movement disorder specialist in order to have the device programming fine-tuned to your specific symptoms.

Although individual results vary, you should gain more control over your symptoms during the several months after your implant procedure. As you increase your activity and ability and have a reduction of your symptoms, you may feel more confident interacting in your environment—giving you greater freedom to live the life you want.

Features of your St. Jude Medical Infinity™ DBS system

Your new DBS system offers some of the most innovative features available on the market today. As you begin using your system, be sure to follow your doctor's instructions. The information provided here is designed to help you maximize the benefits of your new therapy system so you can get back to living the fullest life possible.

Learn more about the capabilities of your new DBS system.

Managing your DBS therapy

Your doctor will turn on your St. Jude Medical Infinity™ DBS system and program its settings at a time the doctor determines is right for you. Your wireless iOS mobile software programmer gives you the control to turn your therapy off and on, and/or to adjust settings within limits set by your doctor.

Learn more about managing your DBS therapy.

Daily living

Living with a DBS system may mean you have to be careful doing certain activities. Ask your doctor about activities that are safe for you and which ones to avoid.

Learn more about daily living.

Traveling with your device

You can travel safely and enjoyably with your DBS system when you take into account a few important factors.

Learn more about traveling with your device.

Electromagnetic interference

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) may disrupt your system’s function. Find out where EMI comes from, how to avoid it and whether you can receive an MRI scan with your St. Jude Medical Infinity™ DBS system.

Learn more about electromagnetic interference (EMI).

Device battery

Your St. Jude Medical Infinity™ DBS system is powered by a battery. How long the battery lasts depends on your programs and settings.

Learn more about your device's battery.

Getting a replacement device

After several years, your doctor may recommend that you replace your DBS system. There are a number of reasons why you may need a replacement device.

Learn more about getting a replacement device.