Description of Medical ServiceDeep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical treatment that involves the implantation of permanent stimulating electrodes within the brain. These electrodes are connected to a small battery that sits under the skin of the chest wall. Each electrode delivers a small field of targeted electricity that changes the activity of brain cells in a specific region. The DBS device can be adjusted after implantation without the need for further surgery, to vary the size, shape and position of the stimulation field. DBS is intended for patients that do not respond to conventional treatment or therapy.
Description of Medical ConditionObsessive Compulsive Disorder is a psychiatric condition where people experience obsessive intrusive thoughts, images or impulses that provoke anxiety and generate compulsions that must be carried out to neutralise their obsessions. These are accompanied by mental rituals or behaviours (compulsions) that must be carried out to neutralise the obsessions (e.g. repetitive handwashing, saying prayers).
Reason for ApplicationAmendment to an existing MBS item
Medical Service TypeTherapeutic technology
Previous Application Number/sNot Applicable
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