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Dr. Okun, I am doing well after my first 9 months after DBS. Of course things aren't perfect, but I am pleased with the results. I wonder what I could/should do between now and my next appt in November as far as programming. I don't know what to expect. It seems to me there are so many possible variables in settings that it is entirely feasible that a better setting is always possible. For instance, I have two settings for two different activities. Could I have three, or four? It would seem a different setting for sleeping might be in order. How long can a person spend on chasing the ultimate setting? And with disease progression, comes an ever changing target? I feel like I am ready for my own programmer unit to experiment with.

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First, I am very sorry for the delay in response to your question.  The system underwent an upgrade and the software change captured some questions which we have now located. Please accept our sincerest apology.

In general if you have programming 4-6 times over a 6 month period very little detailed programming is usually necessary after that point.  You can request a few different programs for different activities but believe it or not most people settle on one setting and program.

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