Technology in Southern Colorado Helping People with Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson's patient Bill Kiehl once took over 30 pills just to stand up - and now he's not taking anything
February 16th, 2015

At 39 years old and with no family history, Bill Kiehl found out he had Parkinson’s disease. It was total shock for him and his wife Holly. “The neurologist at the time did say ‘oh you’ve probably got ten good years to go,’ that was 11 years ago luckily,” Kiehl said. Over the years he says his side effects from all the medication got worse and worse. Three years ago he underwent surgery for deep brain stimulation.

Doctors precisely placed an electrode in his brain, mitigating the symptoms of the disease.”We’re controlling his Parkinson’s symptoms, he has no more of the swings, motor fluctuations,” said Dr. John McVicker, with UCHealth’s Memorial Hospital.

 

 

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UCHealth is an innovative, nonprofit health system that delivers the highest quality medical care with an excellent patient experience. With 24,000 employees, UCHealth includes 12 acute-care full-service hospitals and hundreds of physicians across Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. With University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus as its academic anchor and the only adult academic medical center in the region, UCHealth pushes the boundaries of medicine, providing advanced treatments and clinical trials and improving health through innovation.