- Sachin Patalasingh
Witnessing a Live Neurosurgery!
Sachin Patalasingh, a Neuroimaging Specialist at BrainSightAI, watched the entire process of a neurosurgery from start to finish. Here's what he saw:
I've always been curious about science and medicine, so I was beyond thrilled when the opportunity arose to witness a live brain surgery. The brain is a fascinating organ, and watching the intricate procedures involved in the surgery was nothing short of breathtaking. The combination of advanced medical technologies and the surgeon's expertise was truly mind-blowing!
Prepping before the surgery
I arrived at the hospital bright and early to complete the necessary formalities for access to the neurosurgery operation theatre. When I entered the room, I saw a team of surgeons examining MRI and CT scans and discussing the surgical procedures. The atmosphere was calm and focused, with everyone working together seamlessly to prepare for the surgery. The nurses were arranging materials and equipment, the anesthesiologists were preparing to administer anesthesia, and the support staff was arranging electronic equipment. The entire team was dressed in sterile clothing, with the utmost care taken to prevent contamination of the surgery zone. We were warned not to touch anything with our bare hands!
The patient lay unconscious on the operating table, surrounded by a team of medical professionals. Each member followed a checklist of steps to ensure that all equipment and instruments were ready and in place before the surgery began. Then, the neurosurgeon registered the patient's scans with the skull for neuronavigation procedures.
The procedure starts
Once everything was ready, the neurosurgeon made a small incision in the scalp and then cut open the scalp to expose the skull. With great precision, the neurosurgeon inserted a drill to remove a piece of bone, revealing the brain underneath. Then, a small piece of dura mater was removed to gain access to the brain. The team worked together seamlessly, passing instruments back and forth as the neurosurgeon delicately manipulated the brain tissue.
The room was quiet except for the beeping of medical equipment and the surgeon's voice. The neurosurgeon used an operating microscope, and the team monitored the surgery through a big monitor that displayed the surgical field.
We watched in awe as the neurosurgeon deftly cut the brain tissue and removed the abnormal tissue while carefully monitoring their surgical path on neuronavigation. With the help of electrical stimulation, they ensured they were not hampering any vital parts of the brain. This helped them easily navigate through the intricate structures of the brain.
The tumor is removed
As the surgery progressed, the anesthesiologist monitored the patient's vital signs, ensuring everything ran smoothly. The neurosurgeon took the utmost care to remove the entire tumor, and they tried their best to remove it as much as possible. The samples were carefully packed and sent for biopsy. Once the neurosurgeon had successfully removed the tumor, hemostatic agents were put in place to control the bleeding. Meanwhile, the staff prepared sutures, craniofacial screws, and plates to cover the opening of the skull.
As the surgery drew to a close, the neurosurgeons sutured the synthetic dura and carefully replaced the piece of bone they had removed. Then, they closed the incision on the scalp with sutures, ensuring that there was no tension on the tissue.
Witnessing a live brain surgery gave me a newfound appreciation for the skill and expertise of the surgical team and a deeper understanding of the complexities of the human brain. It was both humbling and inspiring to see the wonders of modern medicine and the incredible feats that can be achieved with dedication and expertise. I left the hospital feeling in awe of the human body and the intricacies of the brain.