Indy Man Successfully Returns to Fishing After Procedure at IU Health

Breaking the Shackles: Rick Brandes’ Journey to Overcoming Essential Tremors with Focused Ultrasound Procedure

In August 2023, Rick Brandes experienced a significant breakthrough in his battle against essential tremors. For three decades, the genetic disorder had caused uncontrollable shaking in specific body parts or muscle groups, leading to embarrassment and limitations in his daily life.

Brandes shared how the condition had affected his dating life and prevented him from pursuing his passion for fishing due to his inability to tie a hook. However, after meeting with Dr. Thomas Whitt at IU Health, he discovered an innovative solution that would change the course of his life forever: Focused Ultrasound procedure.

Dr. Whitt explained that this non-invasive procedure aimed to destroy the cells causing tremors without the need for incisions or drilling holes in the head. Patients underwent the procedure under local anesthesia, using a metal frame to guide ultrasound waves with minimal side effects.

For Brandes, the treatment resulted in some temporary numbness around his mouth but was well worth it for the positive outcome he experienced afterward. He felt 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 any limitations imposed by essential tremors thanks to Dr. Whitt and IU Health’s cutting-edge medical technology.

Rick Brandes has been suffering from essential tremors for three decades, which led him to experience shaky hands and a significant blow to his confidence as he suffers from this genetic disorder that causes uncontrollable shaking in specific body parts or muscle groups.

The condition has had a profound impact on Brandes’ life, affecting his dating life and preventing him from pursuing his passion for fishing due to difficulty tying hooks.

However, Dr. Thomas Whitt at IU Health recognized the impact of tremors on Brandes’ life and introduced him to Focused Ultrasound procedure as an innovative solution that aims to destroy cells causing tremors without incisions or drilling holes in the head.

During this non-invasive procedure, patients undergo local anesthesia while using a metal frame to guide ultrasound waves with minimal side effects.

For Brandes, who experienced some numbness around his mouth post-procedure but is now looking forward to getting back on the water and enjoying fishing without any limitations imposed by essential tremors thanks to Dr. Whitt’s expertise and IU Health’s advanced medical technology.

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