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Playing guitar during brain surgery

GUEST,Gerry 22 Jul 17 - 06:45 PM
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Subject: Playing guitar during brain surgery
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 22 Jul 17 - 06:45 PM

Article from ABC news online,

Indian musician plays guitar as doctors perform brain surgery
Posted yesterday at 11:42am

Musician Abhishek Prasad strummed his guitar throughout his neurosurgery to help doctors zero in on the part of his brain being operated on during the first such procedure in India.

The 37-year-old had been suffering from musician's dystonia, a neurological movement disorder which leads to involuntary muscle contractions.

Mr Prasad had to be kept conscious during the seven-hour operation as the doctors needed continuous feedback to work out exactly which parts of the brain were to be targeted to stop the cramps affecting the three fingers on his left hand.

It is only the eighth time in the world that such a procedure has been undertaken with the patient being conscious, a statement by Bengaluru's Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain hospital said.

"A 14mm hole was made in the skull and a specialised electrode was passed into the brain under local anaesthesia," Sharan Srinivasan, a stereotactic and functional neurosurgeon at the hospital, said.

'It was a very emotional moment for me and my family'

Mr Prasad was overwhelmed with the outcome after living since October 2015 with the disorder that could have ended his career.

He had tried several hospitals to find a cure, but most doctors could not diagnose the problem or had focused on the cramps rather than the neurological activity causing them.

"It was a very emotional moment for me and my family. This is what I have been waiting for," said Mr Prasad, who had quit his IT job to pursue a career in music.

"It was very disheartening and depressing for me. I used to cry often due to that.

"Every morning I would wake up and try to play the guitar. But after five minutes, I gave up."
The disorder is estimated to affect about 1-2 per cent of all professional musicians.

After the surgery he needed a couple of weeks of physiotherapy to help his recovery and get back to performing pain-free.

"My first target is to release an album by the end of this year or the middle of next year," Mr Prasad said.

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Subject: RE: Playing guitar during brain surgery
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 23 Jul 17 - 02:25 AM

Banjo player Eddie Adcock went through this proceedure a few years ago, the film of it is on youTube.

Dave H

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Subject: RE: Playing guitar during brain surgery
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 23 Jul 17 - 02:47 AM

I was wondering if different parts of the brain were used for playing by ear and playing from the dots. This appears to be focusing solely on the motor control of the fingers.


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