‘Awake craniotomy’ rescued Samuel from speech problems

Bangalore: 50-year-old Samuel had started facing difficulty communicating with people for three months. He would often forget words or lose his train of thought while talking to people. This also made it difficult for him to communicate with his peers or clients at work and his performance levels started going down. Samuel’s condition worsened when he started facing regular headaches and speech impairment.

Worriedabout his condition, Samuel decided to consult a doctor in Nigeria where he wasdiagnosed with seizure activity in brain. Further to this an MRI was done whichconfirmed a brain tumour affecting areas of speech. However, since he was a Jehovah's Witness(accepting external blood transfusion is prohibited), it further madethe surgery complicated. He then decided to consult Dr. ArjunSrivatsa, Senior Consultant – Neurosurgery, Columbia Asia Hospitals, Bangalore.

I had heard of Dr. Arjun from mycommunity members who have done similar complicated surgeries. Since, this wasa complicated surgery, I decided to visit Bangalore for the treatment,” recalledSamuel.

We realized that Samuel was sufferingfrom a brain tumour that was directly affecting the area responsible forcommunication skills. Since, Samuel was a Jehovah's Witness, wehad to plan our surgery in such a way that no external blood transfusion isrequired,” said Dr. Arjun.

On 14th April2017, Samuel underwent awake craniotomy, a surgery performed while keeping thepatient awake allowing doctors to test the patient’s functions continuouslythroughout the operation.

“During thesurgery, we performed cortical mapping that helped us in identifying theimportant regions of the brain so that we can avoid and protect them during thesurgery. Stimulating various areas of the brain have different effects on thebody like a motor region results in twitching or touching the speech areas wouldprevent the patient from speaking briefly. This helps us navigate to the mainaffected areas and perform the surgery accordingly. Hence we made sure thatduring the whole procedure the team of doctors were continuously engaged in aconversation with Samuel,” added the doctor.

The surgerywent on for 3 hours and Samuel went back home, the next day without anypost-operative complications. Currently, he is on a medication for fits toavoid any further health problems. Samuel is now doing completely fine and isable to communicate without any complications.   

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