July 21, 2017

Musician strums guitar as surgeons drill into his skull

by Neha Monga

In an unusual brain surgery, a musician was asked to strum a guitar while the neurosurgeons performed the complex procedure to cure the problem that obstructed his ability to play the guitar.

Abhishek Prasad, 37, who is a software engineer by profession was diagnosed with musician’s dystonia, a neurological disorder that affects a person’s hand and finger movement and cause them to cramp.

Dr Sharan Srinivasan, a neurosurgeon at Bengaluru’s Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain Hospital recommended an unusual procedure to cure the problem.

Dr Srinivasan along with his team of surgeons performed the surgery on July 11. ‘During this entire surgery Abhishek was fully awake and was playing the guitar, since this problem only comes when he tries to play. This feedback was very important for the doctors to get the exact location of the target to be lesioned,’ he said.

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Speaking to the media Mr Prasad described the surreal experience of being conscious on the operating table. Mr Prasad expressed his joy over the successful completion of 7-hour long procedure.

‘I was amazed to see my fingers improve magically on the operation table itself,’ he said. ‘By the end of the surgery, my fingers were 100 per cent cured and I could move them like before,’ he further added.

Mr Prasad who is a passionate guitarist also said ‘I’m very excited, finally now I can live my dream, can play my guitar again after one month of recovery.’

Mr Prasad had his stiches removed on Thursday in the hospital where he also strummed a few tunes to demonstrate how well he had recovered.

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The operation cost came to about Rs 2 lakh, doctors said.

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