How to Use Your Patient Programmer

You will use your patient programmer to turn your therapy on or off and check the battery. You may also be able to adjust the stimulation within options programmed by your doctor.


  • Your clinician or nurse will show you how to use your programmer. Call the clinic if you need more help or have questions.
  • You will receive a manual with detailed instructions.
  • Medtronic Patient Services is here to answer questions about how to use your programmer. Call us at 800-510-6735, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time.


  • Start by learning the basic operation of your programmer.
  • Know what to do when you see a warning or alert.
  • Over time, learn more features of your programmer.
  • Always keep the programmer with you.


There are three models of patient programmer.

  • DBS Patient Programmer for Activa® neurostimulators
  • Access Review Patient Programmer for Soletra®
  • Access Patient Programmer for Kinetra®

What Do the Buttons Do?

Your manual explains the symbols displayed on the screen. The illustration shows the main buttons on the DBS Patient Programmer for Activa neurostimulators.

  1. Turn DBS therapy on and off.
  2. Check status of neurostimulator battery.
  3. Press up or down arrows for menu options. Press left or right arrows to see more choices.
  4. Increase or decrease therapy settings, if applicable.
  5. Turn programmer on and off.


Your programmer manual has information about use, maintenance, and troubleshooting. If you have an Activa neurostimulator, you will also have an illustrated quick guide.

Your clinician will give you the printed manual for your programmer. You can get a replacement copy by calling Medtronic Patient Services at 800-510-6735 Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time — or view and print a copy below.