Brain Tumor can be Taken While the Patient is Talking

Brain Tumor can be Taken While the Patient is Talking

Brain Tumor can be Taken While the Patient is Talking

The operations involved brain require great precision and sensibility, because the brain is the control center of our body. Even the smallest mistakes made in these operations can lead to the loss of basic functions such as movement, speech, and permanent results. In awake craniotomy operations, known as awake brain surgery, the basic functions of patients and their abilities can be preserved.

No need for general anesthesia

Under normal conditions, when a living body is surgically treated, the operation is painless and high quality. General anesthesia is performed in most of the brain tumor surgeries because it is difficult to perform in a painful brain. In some brain tumor operations, which require the patient to be awake, awake craniotomy operations are performed as an alternative to general anesthesia. A special level of awakening is achieved with special anesthesia medications given to the patient.

The patient can even play the instrument

In craniotomy surgeries, the area of ​​the brain tumor is important. Tumor surgeries that are located in the area where the speech center, including the arms, legs or eye movements, also have risks in terms of loss of function. Even if the patient's life is rescued with the removal of his tumor in his brain, he must be alert to such tumor operations to avoid loss of function. Microsurgery helps the surgical team to reach the microscopic areas of the brain using high technology, talking to the patient, moving their hands and feet, and even playing the instrument if they have the ability. When the tumor is removed, the surgeon can change the pathway to reach the tumor if s/he experiences any problems in the patient's speech, such as hand and foot movements. Although there is no problem in these functions during the surgical procedure, there is usually no risk of encountering a problem after surgery.

The patient is awakened only at the most critical moment

Since anesthesia is of great importance in awake brain surgery, anesthesia specialists who take part in these surgeries need special training. Thanks to advanced technology, the patient can be kept awake for a limited time. It is ensured that the patient is awakened only at the most critical moment and helps the surgeon. After the tumor has been removed without loss of function, the patient is re-awakened and the operation is completed. This process related to the operation is described in detail before the patient and psychological support is given if necessary for the patient to wake up at the moment of panic.

It is important that the patient is suitable for this operation

Although awake brain surgery is of great importance in certain cases, psychologically it is not suitable for everyone. The person to whom these surgeons are to be applied must be in accordance with psychotherapy and wire. Only 10% of brain tumor operations are awake. The fact that the tumor is located in the region of the motor region is one of the most important factors in performing awake brain surgeries.

Updated Date: Jan. 28, 2017Published Date: Jan. 28, 2017