Deep Brain Stimulation in Thailand

In today's fast-paced world not remembering things, doesn't seem to be a problem to anybody but when these things affect their work then it changes into a problem. This means that it can be a severe problem at the workplace or in the family because this is the starting of welcoming an unknown disease so it should be cured at a right time or will change into an incurable disease called Parkinson. Some might not be able to join the line between forgetting things to Parkinson disease but when the brain starts forgetting things it affects the central nervous system which surely causes this Parkinson disease in which the body will respond later to any minor thing.

Parkinson disease is mostly due to a genetic problem that means if one’s relatives or parents had this disease then there is a 90% chance that it might persist in them too and if not to genetics then it is due to certain environmental factors or when the body is exposed to some pesticides which are the major factor for Parkinson disease.

Tracing back the roots of disease

Especially there is no stated cure for Parkinson disease that state for a 100% cure but there are some chances of curing Parkinson disease with deep brain stimulation aka DBS it’s a neurosurgical process in which there is a stimulator which is deeply inserted into the patient’s brain. The main function of this neurostimulator is that it sends an electric impulse through electrodes which are deeply implemented in the brain and then sends to brain nuclei which are its specific target this is the process for curing the movement disorders and Parkinson disease. Some of the results shows positive response and helped in curing this disease but that doesn’t mean this won’t have any side effects. In 1997 the food and drug administration has approved deep brain stimulation for the treatment of Parkinson disease and this method is also given a green signal for dystonia in 2003. Then after seeing the positive results some also use this treatment for the obsessive-compulsive disorder from 2009. Deep brain stimulation has been proved and studied as a potential treatment for various affective disorders which includes depression.

How does DBS work

The deep brain stimulation mainly has three components the lead, an extension and a pulse generator which is implanted deep into the brain this is powered by a battery which helps it to send a signal to the nuclei at the target site. The lead contains four different electrodes which are placed in the different sections of the brain. The extension connects the pulse generator to the lead by a wire which is implemented safely under the skin which runs from the head goes to the neck and then lastly on to the back of the ear.

Cost comparison

This disease should not be ignored because its surgery costs something more than money that is one’s family and friends so this is not the place to worry for some regular bucks. This surgery is performed in many different countries which comes with different packages this stars from 22k$ the lowest from India and sometimes goes above 99k$ in America so mainly the majority number of people don’t go for lowest and highest either be in between like Thailand or UAE but it all depends on the patient reach so make sure to get all the thoughts and queries in line before opting for this deep brain stimulation in any country as rules and regulation must be followed.

Treatment and Cost

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About the Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a neurosurgical procedure that involves implantation of electrodes within the specific targeted areas of the brain. It is used to treat a variety of disabling neurological symptoms. Deep brain stimulation procedure can be opted for treating a number of neurological conditions, including Parkinson's disease, Essential tremor, Dystonia, Epilepsy, Tourette syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder and chronic pain. Deep brain stimulation uses a neurostimulator, commonly referred to as deep brain stimulator,  to deliver electrical stimulation to targeted areas in the brain that control movement.

The impulse sent by deep brain stimulator interferes with and blocks the electrical signals that cause tremor and other Parkinson’s disease symptoms. The targeted areas most often include the thalamus, subthalamic nucleus and globus pallidus. Deep brain stimulation procedure has a long history of research. It was first introduced in 1987 and The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved deep brain stimulation treatment for essential tremor and Parkinson's disease in 1997.

What is deep brain stimulation treatment?

Deep brain stimulation treatment is recommended for people who have had Parkinson’s disease for at least four years, are still getting benefited from medications, but have motor complications, such as significant on-off time periods. Brain stimulation therapy works by inactivating the parts of the brain that cause Parkinson's disease symptoms. However, DBS Parkinson does not damage the healthy brain tissue by destroying nerve cells. It blocks electrical signals from targeted areas of the brain.

Deep brain stimulation treatment has proven effective in most of the cases, but it could potentially result in serious complications and side effects. This is the main reason why deep brain stimulation treatment is used only for patients whose symptoms are not appropriately controlled with medications.

How is Deep Brain Stimulation performed?

During the deep brain stimulation therapy, the neurosurgeon first uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scan to identify the exact target within the brain where electrical nerve signals generate the symptoms. Some doctors may use microelectrode recording (a small wire that observes the activity of nerve cells in the target area) to more specifically and precisely identify the target in the brain that will be stimulated during the treatment.

After identifying the targets in the brain, there are several ways in which the permanent electrodes are placed into the target areas. The patient is given a local anaesthetic before the procedure, and then the neurosurgeon implants electrode by making small holes in the skull. The implanted electrodes are connected with extensions (a thin insulated wire) connected with the stimulator. These extensions are passed by some incisions under the skin of the head, neck, and shoulder. Deep brain stimulator is a battery-operated medical device similar to a heart pacemaker. It is implanted under the skin near the collarbone or in the chest.

Recovery from Deep Brain Stimulation

Typically, patients need to stay in the hospital until their incision-related pain is under control, they are able to eat, drink and walk. Mostly, the patients are required to stay for only one night at the hospital after the surgery, but some patient may be advised to stay for at least two nights. The patient will not be able to shower or wet the area around the incision until the wound has completely healed. Deep brain stimulation programming takes place about 3 to 4 weeks after the surgery and this is when the actual benefits of the treatment can be reaped.

After a few weeks of surgery, the neurostimulator (IPG) is activated by a specialist. The specialist can easily program the IPG from outside the patient’s body using a special remote control. The amount of stimulation is customized as per specific needs. Stimulation may be constant or the specialist may advise to turn the IPG off at night and back on in the morning, depending on the condition of the patient. The batteries of stimulator may last for three to five years. The IPG replacement procedure is relatively simple. Inform your doctor immediately in case you experience any problems related to speech, balance, and coordination or in case you experience mood swings, numbness, muscle tightness, or lightheadedness.


There are many  benefits of deep brain stimulation, including the following:

  • It gives patients an average of five more hours of symptom-free time every day.
  • It does not involve the use of medicine and most patients are able to reduce their medication usage after they undergo treatment, which means fewer drug-induced side effects.
  • It does not reduce future therapy options. It is reversible and the stimulator can also be turned off at any time if it is causing some uncommon side effects.
  • Deep brain stimulation systems are designed so that an MRI head scan is possible with proper safeguards.
  • Brain stimulation therapy does not require purposeful destruction of any part of the brain. Therefore, it has fewer complications than other therapies such as pallidotomy and thalamotomy.
  • The electrical stimulation is adjustable and can be changed as per the patient's disease response to medications change.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should you opt for Deep Brain Stimulation in Thailand?

First of all, the thought of opting for this deep brain stimulation is itself praise worth because people ignore this disease as its some flu but son flu also results in death so never consider a disease small one. As per the costing comes if compared the surgery costing of deep brain stimulation to any other country Thailand stand apart by a big margin. In America this surgery cost around 70k$-95k$ and this is just the starting because they have some process of admitting the patient a long time before the operation which costs more, same for united kingdom they charge around 70k-99k in euros but in Thailand it’s just around 30k-50k in American dollars but this doesn't mean compromising in quality. .

How much Deep Brain Stimulation Cost in Thailand?

This depends mainly on which hospital one is opting for the surgery of deep brain stimulation but there is not so much difference between the pricing but depending on the pricing the initial services also changes. As per the pricing goes it is around 20k-50k USD.

Which are the top neurosurgeons for Deep Brain Stimulation in Thailand?

There are plenty number of top neurosurgeons in Thailand for deep brain stimulation surgery with a reputed degree and track record. They are spread over all the hospitals in Thailand which provide surgery for DBS like in Radiance skin clinic, Phayathai 2 international hospital.

What is the success rate of Deep Brain Stimulation in Thailand?

The success rate for Deep Brain Stimulation in Thailand is pretty much more than 80% but the success rate doesn't matter unless the patient follows the prescription and procedures honestly everything is dependent on this.

Which are the best cities for Deep Brain Stimulation surgery in Thailand?

Mainly there are three hospitals in Thailand which perform the surgery for deep brain stimulants and all of which are located in Bangkok Near the airport. The names of the hospitals are Bangkok Dusit Medical Service, Phayathai 2 International hospital, Radiance skin care.

What is the health care infrastructure of Thailand / Why should opt for Thailand as a destination for your medical treatment
Hospitals in Thailand have seen an increase in number in the past few years. One of the many reasons for such surprise growth in the healthcare division can be the development of the public health sector which comprises 9,765 health locations along with 1,002 hospitals. As the Public Hospitals in Thailand are operated by the MOPH (Ministry of Public Health), the Private Hospitals in Thailand are regulated under the Medical Registration Division. The treatments in Thailand are also keeping up with that of other major countries all across the globe. As of 2002, the Thai Government has provided a countrywide general healthcare system that covers 99.5% of the Thai population and ensures high-quality treatments in Thailand and affordable primary medical amenities to each and every citizen of Thailand. In the year 2009, the total national expenditure on healthcare was 4.3% of the GDP of Thailand. Due to such medical advancements in Thailand, the country has become the most preferred medical destination in the world providing wide-ranging medical treatments at highly-reasonable rates at good hospitals in Thailand.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in Thailand? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals?
The Joint Commission International (JCI) is a global leader in health care accreditation. JCI accreditation is considered a gold standard in worldwide health care. It provides the most skilled and experienced healthcare professionals in the medical industry, as evaluators of the rigorous international standards in healthcare quality and patient safety. Here are a few JCI certified hospitals in Thailand :
  • Yanhee Hospital
  • Bumrungrad Hospital
  • Bangkok Hospital
  • Chaophya Hospital
  • BNH Hospital
  • Ramkhamhaeng Hospital
  • Vejthani Hospital
  • Bangkok Hospital Phuket
  • Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital
  • Praram 9 Hospital
  • Chiangmai Ram Hospital
  • Sikarin Hospital
  • Synphaet Hospital
  • Bangkok Hospital Samui
  • Nonthavej Hospital
  • Bangkok Hospital Pattaya
  • Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital
  • Samitivej Sriracha Hospital
Are the doctors/surgeons in Thailand of the best quality?
Thailand is gaining recognition for the quality of its healthcare services after the US magazine CEOWORLD placed Thailand 6th in its 2019 list of countries with the best healthcare systems. Thai doctors gain a lot of skills during their course and this helps them practice effectively. Many doctors and surgeons also visit other countries for training and certification courses to enhance their skills and knowledge. Most doctors are exposed to a public and private healthcare system in order to be able to work in any condition. It is a collective effort from all the professionals to maintain the standard of health and Thailand is doing just that.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in Thailand?
Currently, medical tourists To Thailand are allowed in from 34 countries. All visitors must have proof of travel health insurance that covers a minimum of US$100,000 of medical costs incurred in Thailand, including medical costs in the event that they contract COVID-19. Under the CCSA regulations, medical tourists have to arrive by air to ensure effective disease control, not via land border checkpoints. All must have an appointment letter from a doctor in Thailand and entry certificates issued by Thai embassies across the globe. People wanting to visit Thailand for medical procedures need to contact the Thai Embassy in their country to organize the visa and paperwork. Thailand’s major hospitals will provide potential candidates with an appointment letter. Permission for medical tourists to be accompanied by up to three attending persons is intended to allow such patients to have spouses, parents, or assistants in attendance during their treatment in Thailand. However, such persons will have to conform to all the same entry requirements as the medical tourists themselves, including visas and health status.
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Which are the best cities in Thailand for medical treatment?
Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and the most sought - after destination for healthcare. It has more than 10 of the major hospitals in Thailand. The cost of treatment in Thailand is reasonable here. People tend to spend their recovery time in Bangkok as well as it is a beautiful city to visit as a tourist.

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