A 61-year-old patient of Parkinson’s disease approached us for help with symptoms ranging from progressively reducing mobility to difficulty in walking (bradykinesia), and tremors that chiefly affected his hands. He had been suffering from these degenerative symptoms for 15 years. Over the last four years, he had nearly lost his ability to write as well. Since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s he had been put on increasingly higher doses of medicines just to keep his basic mobility going. Now his dosages had reached a point when he could no longer bear the side-effects including dyskinesia. The patient was up against the wall, caught in a classically tragic Parkinson’s predicament where he had to make a choice between two dreadful options: limited but terribly painful mobility with the medicines or near-complete immobility without them.
We at BRAINS offered him a third: DBS or Deep Brain Stimulation, surgery. The patient agreed and went through this completely safe procedure that involved placing electrodes on either side of the Sub Thalamic Nucleus, a small lens-shaped nucleus in the basal ganglia system of the brain, through burr-holes, and connecting them to a battery on the chest wall with subcutaneous cables. Post-surgery, based on evaluation, the voltage and frequency of the stimulation were adjusted. Following the procedure, this 61-year-old chronic patient of Parkinson’s regained his regular movements and was able to not merely walk but also attend to his business on his own He is on regular follow up and the medicines are being tapered off.