Progressional Diary

June 24th, 2011 Post Deep Brain Surgery for STN

by Anonymous on Thursday, June 23, 2011 10:00 PM
Samantha had been scheduled for another DBS surgery because she was not getting much of any results until about a month ago. Now she is starting to loosen up and get some of the benefits we were hoping for. Tyler on the other hand was becoming more uncomfortable with the left side of his body and the leads that he had in to affect the left sidewere not doing much for him. The doctors have been doing a lot of research and finding good results with a new target area within the brain called the STN that has been effective in giving some benefits to people that were not getting benefits from leads placed in the GPI part of the brain. Tyler decided to take Samanthas date for the surgery so they could put a new lead into the STN and hopefully give him some benefits on the left side of his body.

Tyler is much smarter than us and he really wanted to do this surgery. I was fearful of "going to the well" too many times. I tried to talk his surgeon and Tyler out of doing it but they were very positive about the hope...