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11/26/02

Parkinson's Patients Stop Shaking With New Surgery

"One day one of my grandchildren said to me, grandma, how come you dance all the time? You know that type of thing."

For Margo Edmonds, living with Parkinson's was painful. She shook so much a normal life was almost impossible.

"There was no more going out to eat, that was a joke. I couldn't sew, because it got so bad."

Margo wanted the shaking to stop, and less than a month ago it did.

She went to ETMC to have deep brain stimulation. It's a surgery where they put two devices like pacemakers in your brain. Then those are activated, the shaking, the tremors, everything just stops. While in the brain surgery Marho is awake. They asked Margo to hold a cup of water before they activated the pacemakers. She did and it shook terribly. After they turned on the pacemakers, she held the cup completely still. The surgery was performed by Dr. George Plotnik and Dr. Mark Renfrom.

Today Margo doesn't shake on her right side at all. On her left side there is only a slight tremor.

"I sat there the first night and just looked at my hand and said it is like a miracle to not be shaking, 25 years of shaking," she says.

She can now sew with great ease, and she has her independence back, something that was especially painful for her to lose.

Margo's doctors hope this surgery may do much more than just stop tremors for Parkinson's patients.

"The newest thing that we now know that it may actually reduce the progression of the disease. It may slow it down," says Dr. George Plotkin, Margo's neurologist.

For Margo, the surgery means much more though. After 25 years of living with Parkinson's, she now has her life back.

"It's a whole new world," she says.

One with a bright and healthy future.

To learn more about the surgery go to http://neuro.etmc.org/deep_brain_stimulation.html

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