Relief for Essential Tremor

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By News Team on July 19, 2018


Something as simple as getting hot water off the stove became an impossible task for Raymond Conner. 

“I’d shake so bad I would shake my cereal or whatever I had in my hand, I was shaking it,” explained Mr. Conner. “It would go everywhere. I knew something had to be done."

Mr. Conner has a condition called essential tremor. 

“I figured I would call Carilion Clinic,” he recalled.

The expertise of Joseph M. Ferrara, M.D., a Carilion Clinic neurologist, and Gary Simonds, M.D., a neurosurgeon and chief of Carilion Clinic Neurosurgery, combined with the Medtronic Deep Brain Stimulator technology gave him his life back. 

He turns off the device to show us how bad the shaking had become.  

Mr. Conner’s tremor really was quite severe,” said Dr. Ferrara. “Before surgery, he had difficulties with activities of daily living.”

“It is really extremely dramatic," added Dr. Simonds. "Particularly if someone has a very bad tremor and you can completely turn the tremor off.”

“After the operation, it is just like bringing my life back and I can do just about anything I want,” said Mr. Conner. 

Life changing care… close to home.