A 37 years old man got to play the guitar during his own brain surgery. The unusual method was more than just a ‘way of spending the time’, as the surgeons used this as a guide and indicator in their procedure.
Abhishek Prasad, the respective patient, suffered and was operated of a neurological disorder commonly referred to as “musician’s dystonia”. This caused the fingers of his left hand to cramp, which in turn hindered his ability to play correctly.
The Patient was Asked to Play During His Brain Surgery as a Sort of Indicator
Musician’s dystonia or Musician’s cramp is a neurological movement disorder. One which is caused by the brain sending incorrect information to the affected person’s muscles. Its symptoms involve prolonged and involuntary muscle contractions, which cause different parts of the body to twist into abnormal positions.
In Mr. Prasad’s case, the affected area was his left hand. Dystonia can appear based on a variety of causes, repeatedly performing the same hand movements being one of them.
Doctor’s at the Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain Hospital in Bengaluru decided to treat their patient in a rather unusual manner. They recommended conducting a bring surgery during which the patient would be awake and strumming at his guitar.
“We wanted him to play the guitar during the surgery as he had been having problems only while playing. As he played, we could identify the problem and treat it,” stated Dr. Sharan Srinivasan. He is the neurosurgeon who performed the surgery.
The patient reported feeling no pain during the surgery as he was given local anesthesia. Still, during his brain surgery, which lasted about seven hours, he was asked to strum the guitar every time the doctors “burned” a circuit.
However, he also pointed out that, some six hours into the procedure, his fingers “opened up”. After that, he was able to easily play the guitar, even as he was still on the operating table.
Abhishek Prasad had his stitches removed earlier this week and even played a tune, so the doctors could see how well he was recovering.
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