Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery
Written by a NHS patient
2nd November 2023
I entered the Walton Centre on 11th September 2023 for MRI guided focused treatment to correct essential tremor affecting my right hand. I was placed in Cairns ward, the procedure to be undertaken on 12th September 2023. The atmosphere and care in that ward was excellent, the staff being most friendly efficient and approachable.
I had previously attended meetings with Mr Osman Farah and colleagues and was given a clear understanding of the procedure for which I had opted.
There followed a pre operative appointment with various members of staff all of whom I found to be warm friendly people who were happy to answer any queries that I posed.
I therefore presented myself for the procedure fully confident in the ability of everyone to give me a positive result to a tremor that I had suffered for some 30 years.
On the day of the procedure my head was shaved by a very friendly male nurse who was at pains to ensure that any nervousness I felt was dispelled and that I arrived at the theatre in a positive frame of mind.
The procedure entailed me being placed in a MRI machine with the ablation of a tiny portion of the brain being by guided focused ultrasound energy(as I understand it).
The procedure took I believe over two hours, was totally without pain, my condition being regularly checked throughout.
The improvement in my condition was immediate. My right hand is now measurably better than it has been for many years. I can now confidently handle pots of hot water fasten buttons, shave, use knives and tools and undertake all of the daily tasks that most people take for granted but have been denied to me for many years.
The very next day I was examined by a lady neurologist and declared fit for release just 24 hours after the procedure.
Walton Centre and it's wonderful people have my grateful thanks for the outstanding way that they looked after me and for the change that they have wrought in my life, the possibilities of which increase every day as more forgotten and abandoned talents are re discovered. Thank you all so very much!