Each year, approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, while an estimated seven to 10 million people worldwide are living with the degenerative disorder. On May 2, the Emmy-winning syndicated daytime series, THE DOCTORS, will reveal the stunning results of a new surgical procedure that offers hope for those suffering from the deteriorating effects of Parkinson’s disease.
THE DOCTORSwelcomes University of Michigan Neurosurgeon Dr. Parag Patil along with his patient Suzanne, who underwent the new Deep Brain Stimulation surgery after medication no longer worked to control muscles tremors.
As the clip linked below will show, the device implanted during the Deep Brain Stimulation surgery works by electrically stimulating areas of the brain, blocking abnormal nerve signals that cause the tremor in Parkinson’s disease patients.
As we exit April, which is National Parkinson’s Awareness Month, the Deep Brain Stimulation surgery is a great reminder to all that new technological medical advances are indeed possible and in reach of the millions who suffer from this disease.
This episode of THE DOCTORS airs nationwide on Wednesday, May 2 (check local listings).