Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
Sometimes your brain sends the wrong message to your nerves, causing you to feel pain when you shouldn’t. If you feel pain for no reason after a stroke, for example, or have atypical intractable facial pain, or even phantom limb pain, this can be your brain sending the wrong message through your nervous system.
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is designed for patients who have a significant disability that isn’t responding to other treatment. Deep brain stimulation is a procedure in which tiny electrodes are placed into your brain. With the help of computer guidance, these electrodes are connected to a transmitter device that is implanted beneath your collarbone. DBS works much like a cardiac pacemaker; the device delivers continuous electrical stimulation that can effectively block the abnormal circuitry of your brain and reduce the pain you are experiencing. DBS is designed to treat a variety of intractable central pain syndromes.