I had CBT and took medications, but my OCD is still really bad. Can I get DBS?

Deep Brain Stimulation is not for every patient, even if the OCD is severe. There are many guidelines and screening procedures that must be followed before a patient is eligible for neurosurgery. Your first step is to see if you qualify to enter the OCD Intensive Treatment Program. You can call the Access Center at 310-825-9989 to make an appointment for evaluation. More information on the program can be found here: http://www.semel.ucla.edu/ocd_treatment

I’ve been through the OCD Intensive Treatment Program and tried so many medications, and my OCD is still out of control. Would I qualify?

To qualify for a screening visit to see if DBS is right for you, you need to be referred by a licensed Psychiatrist. Contact the DBS Treatment Coordinator, Sarit for more information at 310-206-5133.

Will I be charged for this procedure?

Yes. You or your insurance will be responsible for the costs of the device and all related care. You are advised to check with your insurance to see if they will cover the costs of the device implantation, and removal if deemed unsuccessful. If your insurance refuses to pay, you will be responsible for the cost of the device and your treatment. Total expenses are estimated at $75,000.

I would like to know more about the surgical aspects of this procedure before I contact anyone. Where do I find more information?

UCLA has a comprehensive site dedicated to DBS. Please visit http://www.dbs.ucla.edu Check the resources tab for more places to visit.

I would like DBS as a treatment for another disorder. Who should I contact?

UCLA has a multidisciplinary team headed by the Department of Neurosurgery which offers DBS for a  variety of other disorders. See http://www.dbs.ucla.edu for more information.