2. Overview of Deep Brain Stimulation Components

  1. Sam Eljamel2 and
  2. Konstantin V. Slavin3
  1. Sam Eljamel

Published Online: 19 JUL 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118346396.ch2

Neurostimulation: Principles and Practice

Neurostimulation: Principles and Practice

How to Cite

Eljamel, S. (2013) Overview of Deep Brain Stimulation Components, in Neurostimulation: Principles and Practice (eds S. Eljamel and K. V. Slavin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118346396.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Centre for Neurosciences, Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, Dundee, Scotland, UK

  2. 3

    Department of Neurosurgery, University of Illinois at Chicago. Chicago, Illinois, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 JUL 2013
  2. Published Print: 19 AUG 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118346358

Online ISBN: 9781118346396



  • burr hole cap;
  • DBS lead fixers;
  • deep brain stimulation (DBS);
  • electrode;
  • implantable pulse generator (IPG);
  • lead extender


Deep brain stimulation (DBS) consists of components surgically implanted by the surgeon and external components to communicate with the implanted device. The implantable components consist of: (1) an implantable pulse generator (IPG) that houses the battery and electronic components; (2) an electrode implanted into the brain target; (3) a lead extender that connects each lead to the IPG; and (4) burr‐hole caps and DBS lead fixers. The non‐implantable DBS components consist of a physician programmer, patient's controllers, and chargers for rechargeable IPGs. The comparison of implantable pulse generator models, and the features of DBS leads are tabulated.