Awake brain surgery is a surgical procedure carried out on the brain whilst the patient is awake and conscious. This procedure is used when surgery is being performed close to part of the brain that controls speech and motor functions. Professor Keyoumars Ashkan, a leading neurosurgeon at the London Neurosurgery Partnership, explains how awake brain surgery is performed, the risks involved and what the recovery period looks like following this complex and remarkable procedure.
Top Doctor Keyoumars Ashkan talks about the fascinating world of functional surgery, in particular, functional neurosurgery, that alters the function of nerve tissue in the brain, spinal cord and nervous system.
DSD is relatively common in the Western world, due to its ageing population. Most people over the age of 40 experience some degree of degeneration, with people over 70 even more commonly and severely affected. Professor Ashkan, leading neurosurgeon, explains the condition.