Parkinson's disease, STN DBS surgery
There will be two on-site research visits in this study. The first on-site visit will occur before the surgery scheduled by your doctor, and will likely be right after your neurosurgery clinic visit. In this first visit, you will sit at a computer and play a simple computer game that tests your thinking. The session will take about 20 minutes.
The second research visit will occur during your Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery. During your surgery, you will be asked to play the same computer thinking game that you played before. You will play the game for 15-30 minutes, depending on the length of your surgery. The same brain signals that are normally monitored during your DBS operation will also be monitored while you play the computer game.
At random times while playing the game, your brain will be stimulated with a mild electrical current. This electrical current will be much lower than the current that we will use as part of your routine DBS surgery, and does not carry risk. This is to help us better understand the function of this area of the brain and its role in the game.
Note that this study will add 15-30 minutes to your total operation time, but will not add any additional risk.
The first onsite research visits will occur at UC Davis in the ACC clinic exam rooms in the same building as your normally scheduled neurosurgery and neurology doctors visits. The second onsite visit will be in the operating room, during your DBS surgery, at the UC Davis Medical Center main hospital
(1) Adult men and women with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, who are candidates for STN DBS placement surgery, and who will receive this treatment as part of their routine care.
(1) Patients less than 18 years of age. (2) Patients who are not candidates for STN DBS placement surgery. (3) Adults unable to consent (4) Prisoners (5) Patients who are unable to perform the perceptual decision-making task
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