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'Live' brain surgery on 42- year- old performed in Lucknow

Doctors in Lucknow performed a rare 'live' surgery when they operated on a brain tumour of a 42-year-old patient without putting him under general anaesthesia yesterday, HT reports.

lucknow Updated: Oct 20, 2012 10:47 IST
HT Correspondent

Doctors of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences (RMLIMS) operated on a brain tumour of a 42-year-old patient without putting him under general anaesthesia on Friday.

The patient was not only semiconscious during the surgery, but also chatting to the doctors.

The patient Kuldeep, a resident of Bareilly, is now recuperating in the hospital and is set to be discharged soon.

Doctors said it was necessary to keep Kuldeep talking during the surgery to assess his brain function and avoid damage to the nerves that control body movements.

“The tumour, roughly 3 cm in size, needed to be operated upon as the patient was suffering for the past one year. However, it was also necessary to see that the nerves in the brain do not get damaged as this could mean paralysis in the left part of the body,” said neurosurgeon in the case Dr Arun Kumar Srivastava, who performed the surgery with anesthetist Dr PK Das.

Director of the institute Dr MC Pant said such operations need higher level of precision since the doctors have to ensure none of the brain nerves controlling the body movement are damaged.

During the surgery, doctors asked Kuldeep to move his limbs. This was to ensure none of the nerves are damaged. Doctors said special preparations were done before the operation to ensure it goes well.