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Indy Man Successfully Returns to Fishing After Procedure at IU Health


Apr 4, 2024

Rick Brandes has experienced shaky hands for three decades, causing a significant blow to his confidence, as he suffers from essential tremors. This genetic disorder leads to uncontrollable shaking in specific body parts or muscle groups, often resulting in embarrassment for individuals.
Brandes shared that the condition affected his dating life and even prevented him from pursuing his passion for fishing due to his inability to tie a hook. His neurosurgeon at IU Health, Dr. Thomas Whitt, recognized the impact of tremors on Brandes’ life and introduced the Focused Ultrasound procedure to Indianapolis in August 2023.
Dr. Whitt explained that this innovative procedure aims to destroy the cells causing tremors without the need for incisions or drilling holes in the head. Patients undergo the procedure under local anesthesia, using a metal frame to guide ultrasound waves with minimal side effects.
For Brandes, the procedure resulted in some numbness around his mouth, but the positive outcome far outweighed any temporary discomfort. He expressed feeling like a different person after the treatment and is now looking forward to fishing without tremors for the first time in years. Brandes is eager to get back on the water and enjoy his favorite hobby without the limitations imposed by essential tremors.

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