A Parkinson’s disease patient has his symptoms reversed by a small device implanted into his brain. This is the first time such a device has been implanted in the brain to control Parkinson’s, a BBC the report said.
The treatment was given to Tony Howells at a hospital in Bristol as part of the trial. The small deep brain stimulation device (DBS) aims to counteract the abnormal brain cell firing patterns caused by Parkinson’s, BBC further reports said.
A battery -powered device is implanted into the skull and sends electrical impulses to target areas of the brain. The new surgical procedure only took three hours, about half the time used.
Twenty -five patients have been selected for the trial which is expected to end next year. Mr. Howells, meanwhile, told BBC that the impact of the device is “extraordinary”.
He had installed the device in 2019. Mr Howells said before the surgery, he tried to go for a Boxing Day walk with his wife but could only get 200 yards (182 meters) from the car.
“Then after the surgery, which was 12 months later, I went on Boxing Day again and we went 2.5 miles (4 km) and we could go further,” he told BBC. “It’s amazing.”
Currently, there is no treatment available for Parkinson’s disease, which leads to progressive brain damage over many years.
According to the National Institute on Aging of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Parkinson’s causes involuntary or uncontrolled movements, such as tremors, stiffness, and difficulty with balance and coordination. Symptoms usually start gradually and get worse over time.
As the disease progresses, people may have difficulty walking and speaking. They may also experience mental and behavioral changes, sleep problems, depression, memory difficulties and fatigue.
Most people experience symptoms when they are over 50 years old but about one in 20 experience them when they are under 40 years old.