Awake Surgery

Brain surgery performed on a patient awake enough to describe sensations or contractions evoked by the surgeon who stimulates the cortex to better delineate tissue that can be removed; awake surgery helps minimize the loss of functional tissue
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All of our surgeons at NuBody Concepts have received specialized training from the pioneers themselves in awake surgery.
Although awake surgery with brain mapping is still the standard of care for DBS, some patients can not tolerate awake surgery because of anxiety or the severity of their disease.
As well as removing much of the risk factor, awake surgery also means patients get out of hospital sooner.
Despite it taking longer and costing more, the Irish Cancer Society revealed awake surgery has a much higher success rate and any damage caused can be rectified.
Neurosurgeon Dr Michael Farrell, of Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, said more staff had to be trained in awake surgery techniques and more funding was needed.
The call for more awake surgery was made at a major conference in Dublin, which also heard the Irish Cancer Society call for more neurosurgeons.
Delegates learned how awake surgery, which is common in the US, has only recently been practised in Ireland on a limited basis.