Doctors perform ‘awake’ brain surgery to remove 1.5 cm tumour from woman’s brain

During the whole procedure of around two hours, the medical team actively interacted with the patient to ensure she could articulate what she felt and followed the instructions essential in monitoring her limbs movements

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A team lead by Dr Abhijit Kulkarni, Consultant Neurosurgeon at SRV Mamata Hospital (Dombivali), performed complex brain tumour surgery while 55-year-old Anita Chalke was conscious throughout the whole procedure to lower the risk of any damage to functional areas of the brain that could affect movements of hand and leg

Anita Chalke, a 55-year-old woman, is a proud breast cancer survivor who fought to bring her life back to normal for a long time before she suddenly developed headaches.

Due to unbearable pain and uncontrollable seizures she approached Dr Abhijeet at SRV Mamata Hospital for further treatment. During the investigation, her MRI report confirmed that there was lump in her brain.

Dr Abhijeet Kulkarni, Consultant Neurosurgeon at SRV Mamata Hospital (Dombivali), “The tumour of about 1.5-2 cm in size was present in the gross motor area. This is the part of your brain that is responsible for speech, vision and motor functions such as the movements of hands and legs. In such situations, removing a brain tumour requires patient to be awake as it is essential to gauge the effect of each step on the patient.”

“During the whole procedure of around two hours, the medical team actively interacted with the patient to ensure she could articulate what she felt and followed the instructions essential in monitoring her limbs movements. Her responses helped us in ensuring that the procedure was always moving in the correct direction. Post procedure, the patient was successfully mobilised on the same day and discharged on the third day.” adds Dr Kulkarni.

Sameer Pawar, CEO SRV Hospital, said, “An experienced Neurosurgeon and Anaesthetist team is a must for such complex surgeries. Our Team, at SRV Mamata hospital, is always ready to deal with such Critical cases and ensuring that patients know they are in safe hands.

Pawar added, “Mrs Anita is an amazingly brave person and we are glad that she trusted us to take care of her in, what I am sure, was a very difficult time for her and her family.”