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Overcoming Essential Tremors with Non-Invasive Focused Ultrasound Procedure: Rick Brandes’ Journey

BySamantha Jones

Apr 4, 2024
Indy man back to fishing thanks to successful procedure at IU Health

Essential tremors, a genetic disorder that causes uncontrollable shaking in specific muscle groups, have been affecting Rick Brandes’ confidence for the past three decades. The condition has brought numerous challenges to his life, including embarrassing moments on dates and losing the ability to engage in activities he loves, such as fishing.

Brandes’ neurosurgeon at IU Health introduced him to the Focused Ultrasound procedure as a potential solution. Dr. Thomas Whitt, Brandes’ neurosurgeon, brought this non-invasive technique to Indianapolis in August 2023. By using a metal frame and ultrasound waves guided by the frame, doctors can target and destroy specific cells causing tremors, reducing symptoms while minimizing side effects.

Brandes underwent the Focused Ultrasound procedure and experienced significant improvements in his condition. The procedure successfully alleviated his tremors with minimal side effects such as numbness around the mouth. Brandes expressed how transformative the treatment has been for him, allowing him to pursue activities like fishing without the hindrance of tremors for years.

With newfound confidence and stability in his hands, Brandes is excited about the prospect of fishing without tremors once again. Owning a fishing boat for four years now, he looks forward to reconnecting with his passion and enjoying moments of peace and joy on the water.

The impact of essential tremors on individuals goes beyond physical symptoms. Brandes shared how it affected his social life, leading to situations where he felt embarrassed about spilling food or drinks in public. Despite his struggles, Brandes sought help from his neurosurgeon at IU Health who introduced him to Focused Ultrasound procedure as a potential solution.

Dr. Thomas Whitt brought Focused Ultrasound procedure to Indianapolis in August 2023 to assist patients with essential tremors. This non-invasive technique doesn’t require incisions or drilling in the head.

By using a metal frame and ultrasound waves guided by it doctors can target specific cells causing tremors and destroy them while minimizing side effects.

Brandes underwent the procedure successfully alleviated his tremors with minimal side effects such as numbness around the mouth.

The treatment has been transformative for him allowing him to pursue activities like fishing without hindrance of shaky hands for years.

By Samantha Jones

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