Incredible! Bengaluru man plays guitar during his brain surgery

20 July, 2017, 18:12 | Author: Hope Soto
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His love for guitar led him to learn to play the musical instrument. As per reports, the techie-turned-musician witnessed the first cramps approx an year and half ago while playing guitar.

Musician's dystonia is a neurological disorder, caused by the brain sending false information to muscles causing the affected parts of the body to twist into abnormal postures.


During the surgery, which lasted seven hours, the doctors "burned" his brain to treat the neurological disorder. Representational ImageTushar played the guitar throughout the surgery so that doctors can locate the troublesome areas, and then burn the parts that triggered the abnormal tremors in his muscles.

Abhishek, who was discharged from the hospital on July 14, told India Samvad that post surgery he is feeling good and recovering.

Dr Sharan Srinivasan, a stereotactic and functional neurosurgeon at Jain Institute of Movement Disorders and Stereotactic Neurosurgery: "This is a surgery where the part of the brain triggering abnormal tremors is destroyed by burning".

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A special frame with four screws was fixed to his head that dug deep into his skull. These MRI images helped the doctors create three coordinates of the target area in the brain (8-9cm deep, in this case) along with the entry point to the skull. In his statement he said that he felt improvement in his fingers during the operation and by the end of the surgery his fingers were absolutely cured and now he can move it freely like before.

In a similar operation that was conducted in Shenzhen in Southern China in January, 2017, a Chinese musician strummed his guitar during brain surgery so that doctors could assess the maneuvering skills in his fingers as they operated on him.

Based on these coordinates, the surgeons drilled a 14mm hole into the skull under local anaesthesia and a specialized electrode was passed into the brain following which it was stimulated to confirm the right location and prevent complications.

Patients playing music during complex brain surgery to provide immediate feedback to surgeons about possible effects on brain function is not a new thing.

The elated patient who is astonished by his miraculous recovery said that he was completely cured and that he could play the guitar again without any issues.


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