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Getting a Replacement Device

Getting a Replacement DBS Device

At some point, your doctor will need to replace your deep brain stimulation (DBS) system’s implantable pulse generator (IPG). It may need to be replaced because the battery is running low, or your doctor may recommend a replacement for other reasons. Your doctor is the best resource for information about replacing your IPG.

When talking about a replacement IPG with your doctor, be sure to ask if there is a system with newer technology that may be right for you.

Replacement procedure

The procedure to have your IPG replaced is usually shorter than your original implantation. This is because your doctor will remove your IPG, but leave the leads (wires) in place and connect them to your new IPG.