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Dystonia is a movement disorder that affects about 300,000 Americans. Simple activities like walking, balancing, or even talking are hard for these patients.  

Now, a surgery that's known for helping people with Parkinson's is also helping those with dystonia.  

Doctor Honeycutt says it typically takes six months or longer for patients with dystonia to see very good results after DBS.  

Although DBS is a promising treatment, it isn't a cure.  

If patients have their device removed, their symptoms will likely return.