The tumour was stable for four years until growth was detected, and she had her second awake surgery
in September 2014 with 95 per cent removal of the tumour.
"Even well-prepared patients may panic during awake surgery, which can be dangerous," says lead author Kelly Bijanki, PhD, assistant professor of neurosurgery.
Outside of use during awake surgery, understanding how cingulum bundle stimulation works could also inform efforts to better treat depression, anxiety disorders, or chronic pain via deep brain stimulation.
The two other patients that underwent cingulum stimulation and behavioral testing did not undergo awake surgery for epilepsy treatment.
[1,2] Main advantage of awake surgery
is to define limits of resection & avoid Postoperative neurological deficits.
for WHO Grade II gliomas within "noneloquent" areas in the left dominant hemisphere: toward a "supratotal" resection.
All of our surgeons at NuBody Concepts have received specialized training from the pioneers themselves in awake surgery
. It takes time and great skill to treat patients while they are awake.
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.