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    DBS Questions
    An_265288 posted:

    I am 55 years old and have lived with PD for 8 years. Two years ago my neurologist recommended i consider DBS. I did some homework, and decided to give it a go. I decided to do my right brain first because my left side has the worst symptoms. It went extremely well.

    So naturally I proceeded to try it on my left brain. Unfortunately the results were vastly different.

    The DBS put in my left brain became infected (Propionibacterium) and after a few weeks the abscess gave me two grand mal seizures. The device had to be emergently removed (craniotomy). I was left with a fairly serious brain injury, and aphasia. It took 2+ weeks of rehab and many months of time to get back on my feet, but I was left with cognitive deficits.

    Now my neurologist and my neurosurgeon (who i really like) are recommending we try again to implant a DBS in my left brain (Oct, 2015). They say (and I agree, based on what i have read) that I am still a perfect candidate for this solution.

    So I write to find help with this decision. Could it work despite what happened the first time in my left brain? Is it crazy for me to to even consider this? Am i more likely to bleed/have a stroke? Do 'success rate' stats exist on this unique situation?

    Please provide anything you can think of that might help me.

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