Colorado Parkinson’s disease patients fight for best possible life

Aug. 29, 2014

A diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease is devastating and brings with it a steep learning curve. If climbed, patients say, life can be good.

One treatment, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), isn’t the answer for everyone. While 30 percent to 40 percent of Parkinson’s patients might realize benefits from undergoing a DBS procedure, only about 10 percent do, said neurosurgeon Dr. Aviva Abosch at University of Colorado Hospital. Parkinson’s patient Kirk Hall underwent DBS surgery in 2011, and the implanted device has calmed his tremors.

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>> Learn more about DBS at University of Colorado Hospital’s Neurosciences Center

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