Some medical miracles you can see. Others you cannot. American spiritual leader Yocheved Mintz thought her hand would never stop trembling because of her Parkinson's diagnosis, but that all changed during her recent trip to Israel.
"For the past four years, I haven't been able to hold a glass of water, carefully put on my make-up, or shake a person's hand without my hand shaking back," Rabba Mintz told ILTV.
Following the procedure, Mintz held a cup of juice in a firm grip for the first time in years, and said "Nes gadol haya po (A great miracle happened here)"
"L'chaim (To life)" she said as she raised the cup.
This remarkable turn of events is the result of a collaboration between Israeli doctors and engineers. Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa is the first hospital to partner with medical device developer Insightec to improve its MRI-Guided Focused Ultrasound treatment for individuals with severe neurological disorders. Rambam has treated 62 patients to date with Essential Tremor and Parkinson's Tremor, home and abroad with MRI-Guided Focused Ultrasound.
With no operating room, no incisions, and no pain, Rambam is among the few international facilities offering this completely non-invasive technique. As the leading location for the procedure, Rambam treats tremors of moderate to high severity, drastically improving the patient’s quality of life, including the ability to eat, drink, write, and complete any activity that requires controlled, accurate movement. Without this treatment, tremors may worsen over time, resulting in severe disability.
The procedure only requires a few hours, but the results can last a lifetime, producing significant and immediate relief of the tremor. Using high-intensity ultrasound waves, doctors can precisely target the diseased area of the brain, preserving all healthy surrounding tissue.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used to accurately direct the ultrasound waves to the specific site in the brain where the tremor is initiated—hence the treatment name—MRI-Guided FUS. The doctor monitors the patient in real time and adapts treatment for optimal results.
“Our innovative physician-scientists integrate medicine, engineering and science to provide the fastest, safest results," says Prof. Rafi Beyar, Director and CEO of Rambam Health Care Campus. "Our holistic approach facilitates redemptive treatment for patients, restoring their hope."