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  1. Visit with Medtronics

    I am planning a DBS in January and I am scheduled with my surgeon, so Medtronic gave me a call to meet with me and my wife. I wasn't sure what to expect, but me and my wife got a lot out of the casual meeting at Starbucks. The man was very thorough and was able to go all the technical parts of the surgery. I am glad everything was upfront and very honest. It seemed more simple when the neurosurgeon explained it, but he was more interested in what I needed, now I know why. I didn't know that the surgeon had a choice of GPI or STN based on what works best for your symptoms, but GPI is preferred. STN has a potential side effect that agonists have and that is concerning since I don't deal with agonists well. I am wondering if I can find out beforehand what he wants to do based on my history and symptoms. They want to put a non-rechargeable battery in and I think that's good news since my SCS is already implanted with a rechargeable and taking rechargers on trips or remembering to charge every week can be a hassle after a while (but still worth it). I also heard that Medtronic is about to release a major update to their DBS controllers that give them more options/abilities for treatment. This is in the next 1-2 years. So, when I get a battery replaced in 3-5 years, I will be getting upgraded; which is nice. Has anyone followed this Medtronic upgrade or know much about it?
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