Rarely one is allowed to take anything inside the operation theatre, but in this case the Bengaluru man was asked to play guitar on the OT table while surgeons operate on his brain.
The seven-hour surgery last week relieved the youth of musician's dystonia, a condition that cramped three fingers on his left hand.
Musician's dystonia occurs due to abnormal and involuntary flexion of muscles, because of rigorous use, the cause probably was the guitar.
He was asked to play guitar continuously so that doctors can locate the corresponding area in his brain which is causing this problem. So while he played the guitar, doctors operated on his brain.
Dr Sanjiv C C, a senior neurologist from the University of British Columbia, said, "This problem occurred when he tried to play the instrument and real-time feedback was important for us to ascertain the exact location of the target to be repaired."
Dr Sharan Srinivasan, a neurosurgeon said: "This is a surgery where the part of the brain triggering abnormal tremors is destroyed by burning. Before the surgery, a special frame was fixed to his head with four screws going deep into the skull following which an MRI was conducted." These MRI images showed three coordinates of the target area in the brain (8-9cm deep, in this case) along with the entry point to the skull and the path to be followed during surgery.
"Based on these coordinates, a 14mm hole was drilled 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," he said.
"I was amazed to see my fingers improve magically on the operation table itself. By the end of the surgery, my fingers were 100% cured and I could move them like before. Within three days of surgery, I walked out of the hospital all set to play guitar again," the happy guitarist said.
A big applaud for everyone involved in the operation.
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