The risks of DBS
Similar to any other medical procedures, there are risks for DBS. Dr. Matthew Wodziak, a neurologist at Loyola Medicine, said that bleeding is the main risk for DBS. He also added that if something is placed in the brain, there is always a risk of bleeding and infection. According to Okun, if leads are properly implanted, brain damage is unlikely to happen. Microlesions or smalls cuts made in the brain’s tissue, a glial tissue build-up may occur.