After KPK, first successful awake brain tumor surgery performed in Islamabad by Shifa Hospital
Dr. Akbar Ali Khan, Consultant Neurosurgeon at Shifa International Hospital Islamabad has recently performed a successful awake brain tumor surgery.
Awake brain tumor surgery is a neurosurgical technique that allows the surgeon to remove brain tumor while the patient is awake to avoid brain damage.
Dr. Akbar performed awake brain surgery on a 60-year-old patient from Buner, KPK on 13th May 2019. This is a preferred technique to remove lesions close to, or involving functionally important regions of the brain, like area responsible for speech, for movement of limbs, etc.
This allowed Dr. Akbar to test regions of the brain before they are removed and allowed him to test the patient’s function continuously throughout the operation. Anesthesia team also played a vital role in the anesthetic management of the patient. The overall aim is to minimize the risks of paralysis or loss of speech following such operations.
Awake brain surgery, also called awake craniotomy, is a type of procedure performed on the brain while you are awake and alert. Neurosurgeons perform many brain tumor procedures while the patient is awake but sedated. During the surgery, the neurosurgeon will ask the patient to perform tasks such as talking, counting and looking at pictures.