For DBS Patients

Parkinson's patient Colin Halstead enjoys life after DBS with his parents, Jim and Suzy.
Parkinson's patient Colin Halstead enjoys life after DBS with his parents, Jim and Suzy.

If you have a movement disorder such as Parkinson’s or essential tremor, deep brain stimulation could improve your quality of life. OHSU is a leader in DBS. Internationally renowned Dr. Kim Burchiel of OHSU was the first doctor in the United States to perform this surgery in 1991, and has done more than 1,000 procedures since.

OHSU is one of the few centers to do “asleep” DBS, with patients under general anesthesia. Learn more about DBS and why you do not have to be awake during surgery. We treat patients from across the United States and throughout the world. Learn about DBS appointments for Parkinson's at OHSU | DBS appointments for essential tremor.

This site has information about DBS for Parkinson’s and essential tremor at OHSU. You can also learn if you are a candidate, what to expect before and after surgery, and more.

DBS for Parkinson’s

Deep brain stimulation can reduce the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s, such as action tremors in the hands, nodding or head shaking movements, slow movements (bradykinesia) and abnormal involuntary movements (dyskinesias). This site tells you more about how DBS helps and if you are a candidate. You can also find out more about OHSU’s evaluation process, telemedicine options and what to expect after surgery.

Learn more about DBS for Parkinson’s at OHSU

DBS for essential tremor

If your essential tremor medications no longer work well, and symptoms have dramatically reduced your quality of life, DBS may be an option. The information on these pages tells you how DBS works for essential tremor and if you are a candidate. You can also learn about our telemedicine options and what to expect after surgery.

Learn more about DBS for essential tremor at OHSU

From a wheelchair to the tennis court

DBS helped ease the effects of Parkinson's for Akemi Noll. Read the article