By Sahil Makkar For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 03:00 BST, 21 April 2019 | Updated: 03:00 BST, 21 April 2019
A former AFL star and coach whose life has been devastated by Parkinson's has undergone radical surgery in a bid to keep his debilitating disease at bay.
South Australian footy legend Mark Mickan, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2016, has undergone a revolutionary deep brain stimulation implant surgery.
Neurosurgeons targeted the dysfunctional area inside Mickan's brain and implanted an electrode. The device can be controlled through a bluetooth-enabled iPhone.
The brain surgery has drastically improved his tremors and is expected to improve his quality of life as he raises his two young children with wife Callie.
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Mickan was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2016. He has undergone a successful deep brain stimulation implant surgery, which many are calling revolutionary
Dr Girish Nair, a neurosurgeon who treated Mickan when he played for the Adelaide Crows, told Ten the disease had started to affect his daily activities such as feeding and coaching.
'He was pretty disabled when he first came to see us.
'The thought of staying awake and having someone drill holes into your skull would sort of take away a significant number of patients