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Deep Brain Stimulation

For individuals with Parkinson’s disease, dystonia or essential tremor who are no longer able to manage your symptoms with medication, deep brain stimulation (DBS) may help. DBS delivers high-frequency electrical stimulation to precise areas of the brain, minimizing the brain signals that result in tremors, stiffness, slowness and extra movements caused by Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia.

Northwestern Medicine Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders Clinic can help you decide when and if DBS is the right course of treatment for you. Northwestern Medicine performs more DBS surgeries than any other health system in Illinois.

Initial considerations to determine if DBS may be the right option for you:

  • Your medication is no longer controlling your symptoms.
  • Your medication is causing extra involuntary movements, psychiatric issues or other complications.
  • Your symptoms or side effects are interfering with your daily life.

Meet Our DBS Team

Clinical Trials

You may be eligible for one of our ongoing clinical trials. Find out how to join a study.


To meet with one of the Northwestern Medicine clinic's movement disorders specialists, call the clinical affiliate practice phone number at 312-695-7950.

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