FOX4: Specialized Asleep DBS Procedure Eliminates Tremors for One Local Man with Parkinson's

June 21, 2019

An Olathe man living with Parkinson's Disease is no longer dealing with the many challenges of performing day-to-day activities with tremors following a specialized procedure at Saint Luke's Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute

The procedure is called Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). Brian Richards' neurosurgeon, Dr. Stephen Griffith, is one of the first physicians in the U.S. to do the procedure while patients are asleep.

"You go to sleep, and when you wake up, it's done," Griffith said. "And so this operation went from, say, taking even as much as four or five hours to do a case with the patient awake - to now, we can do the patient case in under two hours with the patient asleep."

FOX4 followed Brian over the weeks-long life-changing process from beginning to end. 

"I just felt if I could get rid of some of these tremors or some of these other—if it helps me walk better, if it helps me smile—if I can get back some of these things for a least a little while, I think I'd give it a shot," Brian said.

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