DBS for essential tremor

A DBS patient being seen by Dr. Jeff Kraakevik.
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's Essential Tremor Story

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