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Daily Living With a DBS System

Daily Living and Activities With Deep Brain Stimulation

The time following the implantation of your deep brain stimulation (DBS) system can be an exciting one but also a period of adjustment. As your body heals and you adjust to the effects of stimulation, you should be able to do more of the things you want to do.

There are things you can do daily to support your therapy. One is to make sure you follow your doctor’s instructions. Another is to get support from people who care about you.

Follow your doctor’s instructions

Living with a DBS system will open up many different possible activities for you. However, it may also mean that you have to be careful about which activities you do. Ask your doctor about activities that are safe for you and which activities you should avoid.

You will receive a user’s guide from your doctor that lists all of your restrictions. See more safety information for DBS systems. Talk to your doctor right away if you have problems with your system, activities, notice a change in your health or have concerns.

Healthy connection tips

As you progress in your recovery and learn more about living with a DBS system:

  • Ask your medical team, hospital or clinic about patient support groups that you can join.
  • Give frequent updates to your friends and family. Some may be curious and others will want to help. Some may not know how to react—health concerns can raise confusing emotions. Know that even if they cannot express themselves in the way you want, they likely want to hear from you and support you.
  • Listen to the stories of others who have had similar experiences, and share your stories with them.