OCD is a serious neuropsychiatric disorder. Treatment often includes a combination of high dose antidepressants — such as Fluvoxamine, Fluoxetine, Clomipramine — and psychotherapy.
Sadly, many people with OCD show only partial relief of their symptoms.
Some people show no improvement in their symptoms and struggle to perform day to day activities. This leads to severe problems with relationships, work, and their well-being.
DBS is an advanced clinical treatment for people with severe OCD who aren't responsive to common treatment options.
Doctors most often use DBS to treat movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease and dystonia. But the FDA approved DBS to treat OCD under a Humanitarian Device Exemption.
DBS can help when drugs and psychotherapy don't relieve your OCD symptoms. To receive this treatment, you need to meet the requirements below.
You must be 18 years or older and have:
You won't be able to receive DBS treatment if you're pregnant, do not need routine MRIs, or have:
DBS is a surgical technique performed by a specially trained neurosurgeon.
The doctor implants a thin wire (electrode) in the part of the brain causing your symptoms.
The wire connects to a pulse generator implanted under the skin below the collarbone. It carries mild electrical pulses to the brain to help control abnormal behaviors.
DBS is both adjustable and reversible.
DBS is very safe. The risk of a serious complication is about 1 percent.
We will take every effort to reduce any risks. And we'll watch you carefully after your DBS surgery.
Your current treating psychiatrist will need to refer you for an assessment by one of our OCD specialists.
We'll gather your health records focusing on past treatments, including drugs and psychotherapy. We'll also assess you for any health or other issues that might have an impact on your response to DBS.
Have your psychiatrist call 412-246-5883 to schedule an assessment. You may also call that number if you have questions or want to make your own appointment.