A 63-year-old woman transformed an operating room into a concert hall by operating the operating table with doctors and nurses surrounding her on the operating flute Due to a condition called the essential tremor that occurs in her family, she goes through a deep brain stimulation procedure to reduce tremors in her hands.
At Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Anna underwent a deep brain stimulation operation, knowing that it was her last hope. as she had done since childhood.
"It's brain surgery, but it's a way we can really improve a patient's life, quality of life, where otherwise drugs may be needed, which may be modest in terms of improving their tremors," Dr Albert Fenoy, neurosurgeon of the Institute of Neuroscience of the Mixer, told TMC News.
Their operation took place in two parts. First, surgeons inserted electrodes into the thalamus that help modulate and fine-tune the movement. Next, they implanted a rechargeable battery in their chest, which was to be replaced after nine years.
For the first part of the operation, Anna had to stay awake so that the doctors could see the effects of the electrodes. However, the anesthesiologist administered a local anesthetic to the scalp to numb the pain.
Before the stimulation, her hands trembled so much that when she handed a cup of water, the water splattered into the cup. After the stimulation, the result was like turning a switch. Her hand became stable and her handwriting appeared readable for the first time in decades, reports TMC.
She got her flute to test the stability of her hand. She raised the instrument and treated everyone with a sweet tune. The room burst into applause after she had played it.
"[Deep brain stimulation] works amazingly well," said Mya Schiess of the Mixer Neuroscience Institute.
Schiess added, "If you have a tremor that really bothers the hand function, lifestyle, mind or voice, frankly, there is no medicine that really puts you in better shape."