VADODARA/ ANAND: The mere thought of undergoing a surgery can be scary.
But a 41-year-old Petlad resident not only went under the knife, but also remained awake for nearly two-and-a half hours while his brain was being operated.
Doctors operated and sucked bleeding from the brain of Udesinh Vasava through a rare ‘awake craniotomy’ – a brain surgery typically performed keeping the patient remains awake.
Vasava, a labourer by occupation, was suffering from acute headache since the last eight months while his movements had got severely hampered.
He was diagnosed with right fronto-parietal cavernoma (bleeding inside the brain in simple terms). His left hand and left lower limb had weakened because of this condition.
“Usually, brain surgeries are done under general anaesthesia. But the beauty of this surgery is that the patient remains awake while the surgery is being performed,” said Dr Hitesh Patel from Changa-based Charusat hospital.
“We had to keep the patients awake to check whether the upper limb movement was adequate or not. Also, we had to keep a check so that vital structures do not get affected. The patient remained conscious on the operation table while he was being operated and responded to us when we asked him to move his body parts,” said Patel.
Before the surgery, Vasava’s upper limb was weaker compared to the left lower.
“During surgery, we had blocked all the nerves of the right side of the skull. After giving mild sedation to the patient, the skull was opened. We reached the location where bleeding was happening,” said Patel.
The Petlad resident, who was operated free under MA Amrutam Yojana, was discharged after he started performing his routine work without any hiccups.