A Better Solution for Tremor

Kathleen Prezocki’s essential tremor had progressed to the point that compromised her quality of life.

“It was affecting me in eating, writing and speech,” Prezocki said. “The medicine was not allowing me to control the symptoms anymore. Trying to put a necklace on and trying to get that hook in there — my goodness that was frustrating!”

Prezocki’s physicians suggested deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy, and she decided it was time to take the next step. She was the first patient in the region to receive the St. Jude device. Joseph Neimat, MD, chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Louisville, implanted Prezocki’s DBS device at Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health.

Since receiving the device, Prezocki has been able to stop taking tremor medications. Her ability to write is improved and she is able to play bridge without a cardholder.

Kathleen Prezocki and Dr. Neimat

Kathleen Prezocki (left) credits deep brain stimulation with helping her now perform daily life tasks easier. Joseph Neimat, MD, (right) implanted Prezocki’s device at Jewish Hospital.

This story originally appeared in the 2017 Fall edition of One Health Magazine. Sign up for your free subscription.