Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure that aids in easing motor symptoms for patients with advanced Parkinson’s Disease (PD). The procedure also helps in reducing the amount of medication the patient is taking to control said symptoms. However, the procedure doesn’t cure PD, although it can reduce the symptoms hence drastically improving the patient’s quality of life.
Additionally, other than Parkinson’s Disease, Deep Brain Stimulation is also used in treating other movement disorders including dystonia and essential tremors, as well as other neurological and psychiatric conditions in some cases.
Some of the neurological/motor symptoms treated with DBS, and associated with Parkinson’s Disease include:
- Muscle spasms
- Rigidity and stiffness of the muscles
- Walking challenges
- Sluggish movement
Infusion Therapy for Parkinson’s – Evidence-Based Alternatives to DBS for Parkinson’s
King’s Advanced Parkinson’s Research Centre of Excellence in Dubai offers advanced alternative device aided infusion therapies. These include both Duodopa Infusion Therapy & Apomorphine Infusion Therapy
Listen to the World-Renowned Professor K. Ray Chaudhuri – Professor of Neurology/Movement Disorders at King’s College Hospital and King’s College London and the Medical Director of the Parkinson Foundation International Centre of Excellence at King’s College – as he discusses why you should consider infusion therapy as an alternative to Deep Brain Stimulation.
Duodopa Infusion Therapy Alternative to DBS
Duodopa / Levodopa, also known as L-dopa, is the first Parkinson’s Disease modality of treatment, and its goal is of replenishing Dopamine levels. It comes in a gel form, which is given through an extension tube (PEGJ) which goes directly to the Jejunum, bypassing the stomach and the duodenum where a lot of gastric enzymes are secreted and hydrochloric acid release occurs, which can interfere with the Levodopa infusion therapy.
The Levodopa infusion therapy provides continuous Dopamine delivery to the brain and avoids any movement and non-movement fluctuations.
Apomorphine Infusion Therapy Alternative to DBS
Apomorphine infusion is a therapy used to control motor fluctuations in patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease. The therapy is considered effective in reducing OFF time, which is periods when other Parkinson’s disease medication has no effect. Apomorphine infusion is clinically proven and recommended by the UK, European and US Parkinson’s guidelines to be considered as an alternative and should be considered before more conventional Brain Stimulation therapies.
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