Sound Waves Cures Grandmother's Tremors

Dr. Richard Besser looks at initial results of the noninvasive treatment.
2:21 | 01/23/12

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It is all about healthy living and tonight a revolutionary new approach to surgery doctors using sound waves instead of scalpel -- It is fast the recovery time can be measured in seconds. And some initial results suggest that this could hold out hope. For so many medical problems here's ABC's doctor Richard -- It seems like science fiction surgery without a scalpel. For Phyllis harbor walkers this experimental treatment offer hope but yeah. Like ten million Americans still has suffered from essential tremors felt. A little bit on the worthless. Unknown a neurological disorder the -- -- and control of. At church just stop taking communion and I couldn't -- and she couldn't hold the -- Couldn't write -- -- doctor used sound. Ultrasound to change her life. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Now obviously you with you treated him. It's almost perfect. Ultrasound therapy is already FDA approved to treat -- -- As part of this study her doctor used it to steer away -- -- brain circuit controlling her right hand and knife is replaced by this. That's correct said doctor Jeff alliances the pioneer who performed her surgery you VA and -- transducers. Contains a 1024. Elements is that energy which is cutting the brain just like if you -- a magnifying glass. Focuses on only traditional surgery requires two separate operations with weeks of recovery time. -- with ultrasound therapy treatment can take as little with ten seconds there's almost no recovery time and fewer complications. Since the feeling -- The vibration of something so I mean ultrasound could really change the approach and -- -- not just an. -- any disorder of the body cancers strokes. Parkinson's disease epilepsy they're really all potentially treatable. Wanted to rise to -- two grandsons who weren't in Afghanistan. And Iraq this is Phyllis is -- before. And then there was immediate. -- -- -- -- A new life for Phyllis a breakthrough in medicine. Doctor Richard -- ABC news Charlottesville Virginia.

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