Connie Carpenter is reporting that her husband, Davis Phinney, had successful surgery Friday to install a device to reduce the symptoms of his Parkinson’s disease.
In a letter to friends, Carpenter said the deep brain surgery “went very well.” She said after the surgery Phinney, a Tour de France stage winner and Olympian, said he was hungry.
“He’s tired (the surgery was well over four hours and he was awake for much of it), but hunger is a good sign!” she said.
“In terms of the procedure, neurologist Dr. Bronte-Stewart says that he has good mapping (we knew that, he’s a cyclist — oh not that kind of mapping) — what that means in this case is that they could determine very accurately the placement of the ‘hardware’ and are extremely optimistic that the results will be dramatic,” Carpenter said.
“He still has a surgery Wednesday to install the power unit and has to wait several weeks (April 25) for programming. The hard part is however now over!”
Phinney, 48, announced in 2000 that he had Young-Onset Parkinson’s Disease. He has formed the Davis Phinney Foundation whose aim is to improve the lives of those living with Parkinson’s.