Project cost: £52,457

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a neurosurgical procedure involving the implantation of a medical device known as a pacemaker. This sends electrical impulses to stimulate specific parts of the brain and is used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other conditions involving movement disorders. The DBS service in Sheffield is one of the largest in the UK. Many patients report significant improvement in their symptoms after treatment and can reduce their medication.

One of the challenges of this complex procedure is the decision as to exactly where to position the implants and Neurocare has been asked to fund very sophisticated equipment which will help the surgeon find the best possible place to site the implanted electrodes and thereby improve the outcome after surgery for the patient.

To understand more about the success of this treatment you can read this article in Woman magazine involving one of our supporters Helen Barber, who underwent DBS at the Hallamshire and says of the procedure “Brain surgery might have been drastic but it changed my life for the better”.