Deep Brain Stimulation Program

The Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) offers comprehensive medical and surgical care for the treatment of movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, and psychiatric disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression. These disorders affect millions of people, and the aim of our deep brain stimulation program is to help our patients feel better by using the most appropriate and up-to-date treatment methods available.

The Deep Brain Stimulation Program is composed of caring providers who are knowledgeable about your condition. Our team can optimize your medications and, when appropriate, recommend surgical treatment options. If a deep brain stimulation procedure becomes a viable treatment option for your disorder, you will meet with specialists from each division of our team before being discussed by the Deep Brain Stimulation Surgical Planning Committee and our Deep Brain Stimulation Steering Committee. These committees comprise the top movement disorder neurologists, functional neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, and neuropsychologists in the United States. The goals of the committees are to establish your readiness for surgery, discuss optimal surgical targeting, and maintain a close relationship with your referring physician.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital is the only hospital in New England that has the capability to do both awake and asleep deep brain stimulation procedures. Learn more about the DBS surgical options available at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for your condition:

Awake DBS

  • Treatment option for essential tremor, dystonia, Parkinson's and some pyschiatric disorders

Asleep DBS

  • Treatment option for dystonia, Parkinson's and some psychiatric disorders

Demonstration of Potential Benefits of Deep Brain Stimulation Video

Doctors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital offer deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat patients with severe movement disorders that do not respond to medication.

Meet the Team

To learn more about the DBS Team, visit our Deep Brain Stimulation Team.

Prepare for Your Visit

To help you better understand what to expect at your medical and surgical visits, read the patient education materials.

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