Deep brain stimulation: At your own risk

Lauryn Remmers, Katina Michael

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Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgeries are not new, although they were only granted approval in the U.S. by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 for advanced Parkinson's Disease (PD). In 2016, DBS surgery was approved for earlier stages of PD. This does not mean that DBS surgery, generally considered minimally invasive, does not come without commensurate risks. The Mayo Clinic identifies DBS as a serious and potential risky procedure, whereby those eligible must carefully weigh pros and cons. The aim of this paper is to provide a general overview of deep brain stimulation surgery and to present the findings of available informational resources on 14 hospital and medical center web sites that were reviewed, pertaining to surgical procedures and policies: Pre-operative to post-operative. The article focuses on critiquing available educational DBS materials and their adequacy in addressing potential risks of DBS surgery. The findings indicate that hospital informational resources on the DBS surgical technique reaffirm each other's educational materials and that they positively inform patient decision-making. These factors can be linked to better post-operative recovery. However, the materials provided by the hospitals overemphasize the positive aspects of DBS with relatively little detail about potential side effects. This article also outlines the potential short-term and long-term side effects of DBS surgery as identified by the DBS educational literature found on the hospital web sites reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Society and Technology
Subtitle of host publicationTechnological Stewardship and Responsible Innovation, ISTAS 2021
EditorsBrandiff Caron, Ketra A. Schmitt, Zach Pearl, Rozita Dara, Heather A. Love
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781665435802
StatePublished - 2021
Event2021 IEEE International Symposium on Society and Technology, ISTAS 2021 - Virtual, Waterloo, Canada
Duration: Oct 28 2021Oct 31 2021

Publication series

NameInternational Symposium on Technology and Society, Proceedings


Conference2021 IEEE International Symposium on Society and Technology, ISTAS 2021
CityVirtual, Waterloo


  • deep brain stimulation
  • education
  • hospitals
  • patient information
  • policies
  • post-operative
  • preoperative
  • procedures
  • risk
  • videos
  • web sites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Social Sciences


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