It’s always a little freaky to watch videos of awake brain surgery: It’s hard to believe that someone can stay calm and patient as doctors slice into their heads, and there’s something macabre about watching them talk through the process.
But that’s important — these patients are kept awake precisely so that they can speak or perform other high-level functions as surgeons work on them. They’re giving doctors a map to work with when it comes time to remove the actual tumor.
A video, taken in June 2014, shows professional opera singer Ambrož Bajec-Lapajne singing Franz Schubert’s “Gute Nacht” during his own surgery.
Here’s a bit about awake brain surgery from an earlier post on the blog:
Awake brain surgery is made possible by advanced brain mapping techniques and high-tech anesthetics. These days, doctors are working with a precise map of the brain they’re operating on, and they can use that to successfully extricate dangerous tumors that sit near important brain regions, like ones that control speech, motor function or memory. Meanwhile, the latest anesthetics make it possible to keep patients sedated but awake and talking.
Via:: Tico Times