That’s what is happening on Sunday, October 25 as deep brain stimulation surgery for PD makes its primetime debut on the National Geographic Channel at 9:00 PM ET. Greg Grindley, a 49-year-old father of four living with young onset PD, will undergo the procedure at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, OH, as cameras roll and viewers at home get an up-close look at the brain in real-time.
Will you be watching? What are your views on a brain surgery for PD being performed on live television? Will it help to raise awareness? Does it accurately portray the complexities — including the benefits, risks and challenges — involved in undergoing this major surgery for PD?
These are just some of the questions that PDF, including our own Jim Beck, Ph.D., VP of Scientific Affairs, will be looking at as we live tweet during the two-hour live special. Follow along with our conversation (and join in) by following us @jbeck_PDF and @PDFParkinson, using the hashtag #BrainSurgeryLive
No matter your thoughts (which we invite you to share below), we do urge all viewers to get the facts about DBS. Why?
First, because DBS is the most important therapeutic advancement since the development of levodopa and has helped many people with PD. Second because, despite its benefits (the surgery has been shown to reduce tremor, stiffness, slowness, wearing-off spells and dyskinesias), DBS is unfortunately, not for every person with PD. It is indicated for people with PD who develop fluctuations in the effectiveness of levodopa and troubling dyskinesias and who are otherwise healthy. It also carries the risks for side effects and infection.
It is critical to be armed with all of this information as you or loved ones view the special or consider the surgery.
Share your comments below. If you have additional questions about DBS, be sure to download our educational booklet and contact our HelpLine at (800) 457-6676 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET.