Movement Disorders Center
Deep Brain Stimulation
In deep brain stimulation (DBS), our doctors place electrodes in specific regions of your brain to block abnormal brain circuits.
This can be effective when treating patients with:
Deep brain stimulation is a reversible process. It does not destroy the overactive cells, it only blocks the abnormal signals.
Deep Brain Stimulation: Why Choose Wake Forest Baptist
The Movement Disorders Center at Wake Forest Baptist Health has one of the most experienced deep brain stimulation teams in the nation. We were among the first centers in the nation to perform DBS surgery, in 1997. Since then, hundreds of patients have undergone DBS surgery. See more about the history of deep brain stimulation at Wake Forest Baptist.
Our movement disorders specialists collaborate to ensure you get the best result from your surgery. This team includes:
- Physical therapists
- Speech therapists
- Occupational therapists
They all work together to ensure DBS is right for you.
Our physicians receive extensive training, and they are experts in all aspects of DBS—from preoperative screening, to the surgery itself, to the critical postoperative recovery period.
Deep Brain Specialists
Stephen B. Tatter, MD, Neurosurgeon
Mustafa Saad Siddiqui, MD, Neurologist
Ihtsham Haq, MD, Neurologist
Deep Brain Stimulation at Wake Forest: Experienced Surgeons, a State-of-the-Art Facility
Once your screening process is completed and your movement disorders team ensures that DBS is right for you, you will undergo the surgery.
The surgery is performed in a state-of-the-art operating room suite, equipped with the latest technology, like our sophisticated image guidance that uses microelectrode recording to ensure optimal placement of the device.
Following the surgery, you will receive specialized postoperative care and support. We will monitor you closely through follow-up appointments and can also introduce you to a vast network of support groups.
Visit our DBS FAQ page to learn more about deep brain stimulation.