Awake Brain Surgery in Bangalore
Awake Craniotomy/Brain Surgery at Apollo Hospitals, Karnataka
Awake Craniotomy Surgery, also known as Awake Brain Surgery, is a kind of method performed on the brain while you are alert and awake. It is used to treat neurological conditions, including epileptic seizures or tumours. If the area of the brain or tumour where seizures occur or epileptic focus is near the parts of the brain that control movement, vision or speech, they need to be awake during surgery. To monitor the patient’s activity in their brain, the surgeon may ask them a question to see how their brain responds. These responses may help the surgeon to ensure that the correct area of the brain is treated, which leads to a lower risk of damage to the functional areas of the brain, which could affect vision, speech or movement.
Why is it done?
Our experienced surgeons at Apollo Hospitals, Karnataka, understand that performing the Awake Brain Surgery in Bangalore when you are awake reduces the risk of damaging the critical areas near your brain that control your motor skills, speech, and language. Different parts of the brain controlling different functions are close to each other, and it becomes critical to pinpoint the exact spot of epileptic seizure or tumour and not damage the adjoining parts.
How do you prepare for the Awake Brain Surgery?
Firstly, Doctors will see your report and will determine if the Awake Brain Surgery in Bangalore is perfect for the patients or not. And they will tell the patients what they can expect during the treatment procedure of the surgery and also tell them the risks and benefits of Awake Brain Surgery.
This type of surgery offers many advantages for those who have brain tumours or epileptic foci near the brain tissue, whose conditions were inoperable; they may consider Awake Brain Surgery to reduce the risks or complications of damage to the tissue of the functional brain. This surgery may help to reduce the size of the tumour and improve the quality of life.
The patients should also prepare for the risk and complications during the surgery. Before surgery, the patient’s speech-language pathologist asks you to identify some pictures and words on the computer so that the neurosurgeon will ensure their answer and they can compare it during the surgery.
What happens during the Awake Brain Surgery?
An anesthesiologist will give you anaesthesia for parts of the surgery when you need not be awake. To ensure that you do not feel any pain or discomfort, our doctors will provide numbing medications or injections on your scalp. Your head is fixed in a still position to ensure accuracy during the surgery. Some of your hair will be clipped, and your surgeon will remove part of the skull to reach your brain. During this part, you will feel sleepy or will be unconscious due to anaesthesia. You will be under anaesthesia also while your skull is being reattached.
During the surgery, your anaesthesiologist will stop administering sedatives and allow you to wake up. Your doctor will conduct brain mapping if the tumour or epileptic focus is near the area of your brain that controls vision, movement, or speech. This enables the neurosurgeon to remove the part of the tumour in such a way as to avoid damaging important brain functions.
Our board-certified medical team keeps track of your brain by comparing the 3D image before and after surgery. The doctors at Apollo Hospitals, Karnataka, use computer-assisted brain surgery and intraoperative MRI that guides the removal of as much of the tumour removed as possible.
What can you expect after the Awake Brain Surgery?
Our neurosurgeon ensures that most of your tumour is successfully removed. You might still need chemotherapy or radiation therapy to remove the remaining part of the tumour.
- After the Awake Brain surgery, the surgeon may recommend an MRI to ensure that the tumour has been successfully removed or the epileptic focus is complete.
- Patients need to be in intensive care for a while after the surgery.
- Patients can go to their corresponding work and can resume normal activities in six weeks to three months after getting discharged from the hospital.
- The patient needs to visit the doctor for about 12 weeks after the surgery again, and the side effects and risks are carefully monitored.
What are the risks involved with this Awake Brain Surgery?
There are some risks or complications included in Awake Brain surgery:
- 1. Loss of memory
- 2. Stroke
- 3. Difficulty with Speech
- 4. Seizures
- 5. Change in Vision
- 6. Swelling of the brain
- 7. Leakage of the spinal fluid
- 8. Weak muscles
- 9. Meningitis
- 10. Impaired balance and coordination
Visit Our Hospital for Best Awake Brain Surgery in Bangalore
The doctors at Apollo Hospitals, Karnataka, are highly skilled, and they ensure that you see improvements in your seizures after the surgery without any post-procedure complications. Some people are completely free from seizures, while some experience reduced seizures compared to before surgery.
We strive to provide the most optimised treatment possible with minimal complications, all due to the incorporation of cutting-edge technology, state-of-the-art infrastructure, world-class facilities, and top neurosurgeons in the field, contributing to the higher success rates of surgical procedures at Apollo Hospitals, Karnataka.