Neurosurgeon Dr. Francisco Ponce Performs 500th DBS Surgery

Barrow Neurosurgeon Dr. Francisco Ponce has performed his 500th Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery.

Cyndi Carver – a resident of Chandler, Arizona – underwent the procedure about two months ago to relieve her tremors, which made it difficult for her to perform everyday tasks.

In DBS surgery, a pacemaker-like device called a neurostimulator is implanted under the skin in the chest and connected to an electrode in the brain. The battery-operated device is programmed to deliver electrical signals to the brain, regulating abnormal signals and providing symptom relief for people with essential tremor, Parkinson’s disease, or dystonia.

Read the full story and watch the video here: High-Tech Surgery Stops the Shakes from Parkinson’s