Golfer Has Surgery to Help fix Tremors

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Calvin Banks, an avid golfer, had a deep brain stimulation surgery to help with tremors in his hands and has seen a 95 percent improvement since the procedure.

Simply being able to putt the ball is a vast improvement for Banks' golf game from just a few years ago.

"I used to have to two hands to tee the ball up, that's how much I was shaking," Banks said.

He was diagnosed with essential tremor, making the most basic of tasks nearly impossible for him.

But soon, Kaiser Permanente Neurologist Suketu Khandhar said Branks' disorder was approved by the FDA to be treated with deep brain stimulation.

The procedure lasts around 10 to 12 hours, but comes with only a slim chance of infection.

"We're putting in an electrical thin insulated wire deep into their brain in an area called the thalamus," Khandhar said. "That is then anchored to the skull and then tunneled through an extension cord which is then connected to an under the skin battery or pacemaker just below the collar bone."

Banks had the surgery in 2007. Since then, he's been able to get back to the game he loves - golf.


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