If you have previously undergone BDS surgery, there are several precautions you should pay attention to for safety reasons. You should always carry documentation showing that you have a DBS neurostimulator implanted. Wearing a medical identification bracelet signifying a DBS implant is also an option.8
Before going through the airport scanners or undergoing screening by airport security, you should inform the security screeners you have a neurostimulator implanted in you. While many airport detectors are safe for pacemakers, the neurostimulator’s little quantity of metal may cause the alert to go off; this is one of the many side effects of DBS stimulation.
In addition, in situations involving screening with hand-held detector devices, patients should politely inform the screeners that the detector wand should not be held over the neurostimulator for more than a few seconds to prevent interference with the neurostimulator’s functioning by the magnets in the hand-held scanners.8
Patients with a DBS implant should always consult their doctors before any MRI or surgical procedure to ensure the procedure is safe for them. In any physical therapy, patients should avoid utilizing heat to treat muscles.