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As the 37-Year-Old Strummed on His Guitar, Neurosurgeons at Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain Hospital Performed the First Live Brain Circuit Surgery

  • 37-year-old Abhishek Prasad strummed along his acoustic guitar while neurosurgeons at Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain Hospital, Bengaluru drilled his skull to perform the Indian's first live brain circuit surgery.
  • Being a musician, Prasad suffered from a rare neurological condition named dystonia that occurs to about 1 per cent of professional musicians.
  • The disorder triggered whenever he tried to play the instrument leading to painful spasms and stiffening four of the fingers in his left hand.   
  • The 7 hour long surgery involved insertion of an 8-9 cm long electrode into his brain through a 14 mm whole in his skull so as to stimulate a specific nerve to confirm the target location while avoiding complications to the other circuits.
  • Post reconfirming the target location of treatment, with the help of an RF ablation machine a radio frequency lesion was made.
  • According to the neurosurgeon, Dr.Sharan Srinivasan, Prasad's live feedback was important so as to confirm the exact location to be lesioned.
  • After nine days of his surgery Prasad could again play the guitar proficiently.         


Source: Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain Hospital, Media Update

Author Name
Bipasha Mitra

Published Date
: 13-Sep-2017

Bipasha Mitra 

After completing her Bachelors Degree in English and PG Diploma in Journalism, Bipasha started her career in writing. With an eye for detail and a creative bent of mind, she emphatically crafts patient's stories, and pens blogs and articles understanding what the readers want to know and should know for their medical treatment.

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