Local woman suffering from tremors tries procedure at St. Vincent, says relief came fast

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(August 19, 2015)- For 20 years, 46-year-old Rhonda Walls suffered with tremors. The shaking movements made drinking a cup of coffee, writing her name and brushing her teeth, almost impossible. Recently, she decided to try a procedure--called deep brain stimulation--to alleviate her symptoms.

With DBS, electrodes are implanted into the brain. Those electrodes are designed to deliver electrical impulses blocking abnormal activity in the brain.

In  Rhonda's case, Dr. Albert Lee of St. Vincent Hospital, used an MRI to locate the specific site responsible for her symptoms. He then carefully threaded electrodes to that area. The electrodes were connected to a medical device similar to a pacemaker. The device was turned on and adjusted, delivering the most effective pulse needed to reduce her symptoms.

Rhonda's relief came fast. Her arms, neck and hands were nearly tremor free, after Deep Brain Stimulation.

There are close to 6.3 million Americans who suffer with tremors. Nearly 500,000 people suffer from Parkinson's disease in the U.S. with nearly 50,000 new cases reported annually.

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