Brain implant gives patients control over Parkinson's disease

Brain implant gives patients control over Parkinson's disease
(Source: Raycom)

(KAIT/NBC) - Parkinson's disease can be challenging even in its early stages.

But one Texas woman has been able to regain control of her life.

Ayers was diagnosed with the neurological disease five years ago at age 40.

Her tremors and muscle stiffness got so bad, she couldn't cook or even wash her hair.

So, last October she decided on deep brain stimulation.

Doctor Ab Siadati is one of the few neurosurgeons in the area who perform this surgery.

"A lot of times, these patients are trapped in their bodies because they can't do things they want to do," said Dr. Siadati. "This surgery allows them to go back to a more normal life."

During the surgery, electrodes are implanted into the brain while another device, like a pacemaker, goes near the collarbone. It sends impulses to the brain which block the abnormal nerve signals that cause tremors.

Hear more of Ayer's story by clicking here.

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