A Return to Daily Living
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) can have a profound effect on people with movement disorders, allowing them to return to fulfilling and active lives and in many cases reduce their levels of medications.
To maximize patient recovery, Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin combines DBS surgery with a rehabilitation program.
"We have a comprehensive rehabilitation program that is individually tailored to meet all of the needs of a patient before and after the DBS procedure," says John McGuire, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin physical medicine and rehabilitation. "Many of these patients have not had rehab for quite some time; with a customized rehabilitation program they can improve strength, coordination and functional capabilities."
After patients recover from DBS surgery, their implant is adjusted to optimally control symptoms and their medication needs are evaluated. Rehab is often continued to further enhance their improvement and may include nursing expertise, physical, occupational and speech therapy services. Says Dr. McGuire, "This is a highly integrated, highly efficient program. Physical medicine, neurology and neurosurgery along with ancillary services work together as an interdisciplinary team to help patients reduce their medications, be more functional and get back to independent daily activities."
For more information about DBS surgery and rehabilitative services at Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin, call 414-805-3666 or 800-272-3666.
Author: John McGuire, MD
Source: Every Day
Date: May - August 2005