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Essential Tremor

Essential Tremor - Preparing for surgery

  • Who will be a suitable candidate for surgery?

Candidates for deep brain stimulation (DBS) include those who:

  • Have symptoms which are not well controlled despite appropriate medications
  • Experience medication side effects which cannot be tolerated
  • Quality of life is significantly impaired
  • What to take note of before surgery?

You will be asked to undergo investigations to determine if you are fit for surgery.

  • What happens during the surgery?

A small hole will be made in the skull for small leads to be inserted into the brain. A week later, a device will be implanted under the skin around the upper chest area, below your collarbone. Two to four weeks after the implant surgery, the device is turned on and adjusted to a setting that will best help manage the symptoms.

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