Ta Gus and Mosie for your replies.
Sounds like u (Gus) have had a good experience with the DBS (with general anesthetic not conscious) . Its just there has been no survey ever done on the 2 approaches so u have to ask around about it . The american companies are quite keen on it i think but they are influenced more by market forces ie: the patient tends to want to be unconscious so thats what the health companies offer them .
But the patient is not a clinician and doesnt know if its as good (or better) just that they woud rather be unconscious than awake ! I feel the same but if i thought it was beetter to be awake i would prefer that even if stressful .
But good to know that it has worked for you Gus.