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Brain tumour removed with patient awake

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The Neurosurgery Unit of the Anuradhapura Hospital successfully carried out a surgery to remove a tumour in a patient’s brain while the patient was not only awake and fully conscious, but had also drawn a picture during the operation.

The doctors were able to remove the tumour which was in the front of his left brain, near the area that controls the activities of the right half of the body.

This type of surgery called ‘Awake Brain Surgery’ was performed for the first time in a Government hospital in the country in 2020 at the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital and this is the third successful surgery performed by the same team of doctors.

The patient is a 36-year-old sculptor by profession, resident of Nochchiyagama in Anuradhapura.

When performing such a complex surgery, the patient is usually completely anesthetized, but in this surgery, the patient was not completely anesthetized, and minimal sedation was maintained so that no pain was felt.

The uniqueness of this is that by constantly communicating with the patient during the surgery, by performing activities such as checking his memory, moving his right arm and leg, the doctors are able to remove the tumor while ensuring there is no harm to the important and sensitive areas of the patient’s brain.

Saman Jayasinghe, the sculptor who underwent this surgery, painted a lotus flower during the surgery, surprising the team of doctors.

The hospital staff said that a painting on the wall behind the Buddha statue at the entrance to the Neurosurgery Ward (31) of the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital was also by done by this patient before he developed the tumour.

The doctors said that the patient left the hospital without any complications after the operation.

The surgery was successfully performed by a team including neurosurgeons Dr. Madushanka Gomes, Dr. Rohan Paris and anesthetists Dr. Levan Kariyawasam, Dr. Vishakha Kerner, and Dr. Thilan Herath of the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital.

Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital ‘C’ Surgery, Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit and the staff of Ward 31 had supported the successful conducting of the operation.

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