DBS for Essential Tremor

Dr. Jeff Kraakevik discussing DBS (deep brain stimulation) with an essential tremor patient.
Dr. Jeff Kraakevik discussing DBS with an essential tremor patient.

If you or someone you love has essential tremor, you should know that deep brain stimulation surgery is a treatment option. Eighty to 90 percent of patients with essential tremor have moderate symptom relief after DBS. If medication does not work well to control your symptoms, DBS could help.

This site explains what DBS for essential tremor is, how it works and if you might be a candidate. It also tells you about OHSU’s expertise with DBS and walks you through every step of the process.

What is DBS?

DBS stands for deep brain stimulation. This surgery for essential tremor and other movement disorders can reduce motor symptoms and improve your quality of life. DBS does not cure or stop essential tremor, but it continues reducing symptoms even if they get worse over time.

If you’re looking for more information on DBS, the OHSU Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Program can help. Learn more about:

Are you a candidate?

You might feel ready for DBS, or just be gathering information. Either way, it’s never too early to learn if it could help. Find out if you are a DBS candidate.

DBS for Essential Tremor: Cheryl's Story

Cheryl, essential tremor patient at the OHSU Brain institute

When it came time to turn on the stimulator, my tremor disappeared. My body was quiet. My husband and I cried from sheer joy. When Dr. Burchiel stopped by, it was wonderful to be able to thank him personally for giving me my life back. Read more

Deep brain stimulation at OHSU

If you’re interested in DBS surgery, ask your doctor to contact OHSU’s Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Program. Whether you live in the Portland area or elsewhere, we go out of our way to make appointments and testing as convenient as possible.

Learn about DBS appointments at OHSU

If you have questions or would like our assistance in requesting a referral from your neurologist, please call us at 503-494-4314.

Our expertise

We have 25 years of experience with DBS, with more than 1,800 procedures performed. Our neurosurgeon Dr. Kim Burchiel did the first successful DBS surgery in the United States. Learn more about our DBS expertise.