DBS in Primetime: NatGeo to Air Brain Surgery Live This Sunday

BrainHave you or has a loved one undergone deep brain stimulation surgery for Parkinson’s disease (PD)? Would you undergo the surgery on live television?

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 info@pdf.org. They are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET.

8 thoughts on “DBS in Primetime: NatGeo to Air Brain Surgery Live This Sunday

  1. Robin

    Trying to find WHAT SPECIFIC channel to watch this program in my own (San Francisco CA) geographic area. I have gone to the Natl Geo website and simply can’t see a local listing resource. Done a GOOGLE search for San Francisco National Geographic channel and can’t find it. This sounds like an amazing program and both my husband and I want to watch — but you need to know WHICH CHANNEL to see the program. HELP?????

  2. PDF Post author

    Robin, it looks like NatGeo has a Channel Finder on their website, available under the television schedule. Channel will vary based on location and provider, so we recommend using this web feature or contacting them directly.

  3. Patty

    Having just had the electrodes implanted iin the first phase of the DBS surgery and scheduled for the second phase of implanting the pacemaker, I am very interested in seeing this program tonight. Unlike most people who undergo this surgery, I was able to remember bits and pieces of it. My husband and I did a lot of investigating into this procedure prior to making a commitment to having it done. We are hoping for the best possible outcome as I have experienced the symptoms indicating that I am a prime candidate for a successful experience. Part of our pre-op investigation included talking to people who had already undergone successful DBS, Not one of them had a negative outcome.

  4. Tammy Sours

    My husband had DBS surgery about 6 weeks ago with excellent results. We’re going to watch to compare this procedure to his experience at UVA hospital – which was marvelous!

  5. Dan Hooten

    I had this procedure done almost 3 yrs ago, Dec 2012. I went from taking 16 levodopa/carbidopa, pills a day to 5 – 6 pills a day. The voltage is now set at 3.1 and 3.3 for the left and right sides of my brain. I am still very pleased at the results of this surgery and recommend any Parkinson’s patient to investigate the possibilities of this surgery.

  6. Erika

    My grandson has sever cerebral palsy. Is there any type of brain surgery that can offer help for a child in this condition? Or Has it ever been done on a child or adult? Think you.

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