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Denver DBS Center

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has helped more than 100,000 patients over a quarter of a century take back their lives. DBS helps control tremors by delivering tiny electrical signals into one of three target areas of the brain that control movement. 

DBS has been proven effective for Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). 

And now, the Denver DBS Center is pleased to offer patients the new two-step Asleep DBS that reduces the number of procedures and surgery time, allows patients to remain asleep during all surgeries, and improves electrode placement. 

Why Choose the Denver DBS Center?

  • One of only a few centers in the world to provide both Asleep and Awake DBS procedures
  • More than six years of experience performing hundreds of DBS surgeries
  • Complication rate well below national average
  • Superior electrode placement, the most vital aspect of the surgery
  • Customized care and attention, with a patient concierge service, coordinated pre- and post-surgery visits,  and inpatient programming
  • Partners with your neurologist

Katie Strittmatter underwent Asleep DBS to treat Parkinson's disease at Littleton Adventist Hospital. The surgery was performed by Dr. David VanSickle of the Denver DBS Center. Watch Katie's story in her own words.


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Medical research supports new Asleep deep brain stimulation

Asleep deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an advancement in DBS that allows the procedure to be performed while the patient is asleep. This advancement has been offered for two years by leading neurosurgeons, including the Denver DBS Center, Barrow Neurological Institute and Oregon Health & Science University.

DBS has proved so effective over the past 30 years at controlling the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease that any change in the procedure needs to be carefully scrutinized. Two authoritative studies now show that asleep DBS is as effective as traditional deep brain stimulation that requires the patient to be awake during the brain surgery.

Busting Deep Brain Stimulation Myths and Advancing Treatment for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

Dr. David Vansickle

Deep brain stimulation is no longer an experimental procedure for people in the most desperate situations. DBS has been used successfully in more than 100,000 patients during the past quarter of a century. A multitude of studies have shown its effectiveness and safety, and deep brain stimulation research and advancements are occurring nearly daily.

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