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malexander

DBS and balance issues

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malexander    4

I am a 70 year old man, diagnosed with tremor dominant PD diagnosed 8 years ago.  My right arm tremor completely resolved following DBS 2 years ago.  This year, I began developing symptoms on my left side and I had DBS surgery performed on my right brain last week.  It has not been turned on yet (I am scheduled for that in 2 weeks).  One symptom I notice since the surgery is a loss of balance.  While I have not fallen, it feels like I am lurching and not getting my feet correctly planted as I walk.  Could this be a temporary symptom from the surgery?

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Dr. Okun    409

It is possible this is temporary but you will need to wait and see,

 

A second DBS lead is associated with a higher risk of post-operative gait and balance issues.

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