DBS Walton Centre

Anybody had DBS at the Walton Centre?

DX with PD 42 now 50.

Been told I am an ideal candidate for DBS.
I still work but the side effects (dyskinesia )off the meds I am on are starting to interfere with me working. Also started getting the dystonia some mornings … I take125mg stalevo, amatadine & rasagaline first thing then 100mg stalevo 4 times a day also wear a 4mg neuro patch.

I have gone through the tests and various phone calls with the specialist / psychologist and surgeon , all so far seem happy for me to proceed.

My questions are

what are recovery times once the initial surgery has been done ?

How long realistically on average does it take to get the DBS fine tuned?

And how much can you reduce your meds by ?

Last of all , I think that from what I’ve been seeing on the web that I will go for the Boston Scientific one , is this a good choice ?


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Hi did you have the DBS? I am considering it?

Hi juju

No not had it yet ,I had a phone call with a psychologist first …then I had a cognitive test at the hospital with a another psychologist .

A month later a FaceTime with the consultant who would look after me during and after the Operation. All three were happy for me to proceed and said I was a good candidate for DBS . The next step is a meeting with the surgeon in May. Then I think if he’s happy he will give me a date. They have told me there is no pressure and I can back out at anytime if I want.

I am still working but struggling with the side effects of the meds. That’s why I want it. I am told it lets you cut back on them. I take 125 stalevo , ragataline , amatadine each morning. Then every 2 -3 hours another 100 stalevo. Also wear a 4mg neuropatch

Have you been offered it at the Walton centre?

You hear all kinds on the web about it. But I asked my PN and she said although it can take a bit of time getting the settings on it right NONE of the people who she looks after who have had it done , regret it !!!

That was good enough for me

51 this year dx at 42 :slightly_frowning_face:

Thank you for coming back to me. I have reached the maximum dosage as I take 1x 100/25 mg Madopar every 2.5 hours plus 200 mg Entacapone during the day and cr sinemet before bed and 1 x2g Rasageline. Adds up to about 800mg of levedopa a day.

I get lots of “off” time. I am under Walton but I have been very upset by the attitude of the Parkinson’s nurse and the mistakes made.

I am hoping to have the op elsewhere.

Have you tried the neuropatch. I too had lots of off periods till I tried them. They messed with my sleep at first as they wanted me to go up to 8mg (which made me very restless at night ) I found that 4mg was best for me so stuck with that …loses its effect for me around 6pm now though so maybe I need the 6mg …

If not Walton where would you get the DBS ?

Must admit my appointments could be as much as a year apart with the nurse or specialist at the Walton centre.
Was really disappointed with the way I was treated after I was given the dx …was sent away with my tablets and a leaflet and told to come back in 3 months… with no contact from them in between at the time I probably needed them the most.

Have you started the process yet ?

Hi yes I have been referred to Walton for them to establish if I am suitable. My regular appointments have been with St. Helens Hospital, in the last year My doctor has been in touch every 6 weeks over the last year.
I will likely have to fight for it to be done at another trust but with Patient Choice I am going to try.
No not offered the patch but i did try the appo pump but had an allergic reaction.
I am sure that most patients have a good experience with Walton, they have won awards. I have been unlucky and would prefer not to have to attend there.

They just give you some cognitive tests , looking at pictures , remember names , asking about real-time situations etc…

If I go for it I am going for the Boston scientific version as I believe it has better sensitivity .

Sorry to hear you have had a bad experience at the Walton centre . I am under Dr Steiger , I was originally with another neurologist but he specialised in epilepsy . Dr Steiger specialised in PD so asked to move over to him.

Basically been adjusting my own meds over the years , taking more as and when I need it.

Had a wobble a year or so ago with off periods , so tried the neuropatch , so far it’s been working. They mess with your sleep if you are on the wrong Strength .but I wouldn’t be without them now. … have they offered them to you ? Maybe worth a try.

Continuing the discussion from DBS Walton Centre:

Hi I have had my long awaited telephone appointment with Dr Steiger. He agreed to organise the necessary tests to establish that I am a good candidate for DBS. I only hope that the wait is not a long one, as I am really struggling.