Indy man back to fishing thanks to successful procedure at IU Health

Finding Fishing Peace: Rick Brandes Overcomes Essential Tremors with Focused Ultrasound Procedure

Rick Brandes has struggled with shaky hands for three decades, which has significantly affected his confidence and social life. This is due to his essential tremors, a genetic disorder that causes uncontrollable shaking in specific muscle groups. Brandes has experienced the challenges that come with this condition, including embarrassing moments on dates and losing the ability to engage in activities he loves, like fishing.

Despite his struggles, Brandes sought help from his neurosurgeon at IU Health, who introduced him to the Focused Ultrasound procedure as a potential solution. This non-invasive technique involves using a metal frame and ultrasound waves guided by the frame to 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 treatment has been successful in alleviating 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 the first time in years.

With newfound confidence and stability in his hands, Brandes is excited about the prospect of fishing without tremors. Owning a fishing boat for four years, he looks forward to relishing the experience of casting a line without interference from shaky hands, allowing him to reconnect with his passion and enjoy moments of peace and joy on the water.

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