Chetan Shiv Kumar underwent the awake craniotomy, a major breakthrough in the history of brain surgeries.
Awake craniotomy is an operation that involves accessing the brain through a part of the skull that is removed and then refixed when the surgery is over. This is usually done on a patient under local anaesthesia, while all his vital parameters are monitored though multiple monitoring techniques. The patient is awake all throughout the procedure, listening to his surgeon's instructions. Hence, lifting his hands, making facial movements, and even verbally responding to the surgeon's instructions help in the intra-operative assessment of the neurological status of the patient.
In the case of Chetan Shiv Kumar, Dr Satish Rudrappa, his neurosurgeon at the Manipal Hospital said, "The tumour involved some functionally important areas of the brain." áSo, awake craniotomy was carried out to prevent post-operative deficits.
And just one day after the operation, he was ready to leave for home.
Awake craniotomies and other similar minimally invasive procedures are recommended by Dr Sudarshan Ballal, medical director, Manipal Health Enterprises for, besides being cost effective, they contribute to minimal discomfort or morbidity, shorter hospital stay, early return to work and other routine activities.