Your DBS Programmer
At some point after your surgery to receive a deep brain stimulation (DBS) system, you may receive a programmer and have the ability to turn your implantable pulse generator (IPG) off and on, or to adjust settings—within limits set by your doctor.
Although physicians differ in their practice about how soon after deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery your stimulation should be turned on, most wait up to several weeks. Your physician will decide when to turn on your implantable pulse generator (IPG) and program its settings based upon what he or she thinks is right for you and your recovery.
Initial programming session
During your initial programming session, a clinician will turn on your IPG and program its settings. This is done wirelessly, so there is no pain involved. You will receive a User’s Guide for your programmer. Make sure to keep it in a place where you can easily find it. Refer to your User’s Guide for complete instructions on how to use and care for your programmer.
Having your system adjusted
As you recover from the procedure, you and the clinician programming your DBS system will work together to develop the right combination of stimulation and medication for you. Do not be discouraged if you do not see immediate results. This does not mean that your surgery was not successful. You may need to visit your doctor more frequently to find the right settings for you. Later, you should only need appointments for minor adjustments and check-ups.
Continue to discuss your expectations, as well as any questions or concerns, with your physician and clinician. If you experience problems with your stimulation, tell your doctor right away.