Musician plays violin during awake brain surgery

This woman is playing the violin during her brain surgery to help ensure she doesn’t lose function in her left arm. đŸ˜Č

An interactive surgery

Dagmar Turner is a British violinist. Anxious about losing her motor skills after brain surgery, the doctors came up with this solution. She played Gershwin and Mahler while doctors operated on her brain tumor. “It was all those finer details of the fine control of the left hand for example, somebody who’s playing a violin, length of the string, pressure on the string, all those fast movements, moving between one string to the other.”, Keyoumars Ashkan, a neurosurgeon at King’s College Hospital, explained to Brut. Turner’s operation was a total success. When asked about how much it means to her that she could still play the violin, Dagmar expressed how grateful she was because she enjoys playing the instrument immensely.

How is this possible?

Awake brain surgery has also been used on saxophonists and guitarists. Dr. Nader Pouratian, a neurosurgeon, clarifies, “The reason that we keep patients awake during the surgery is so that we can test them. Because no matter how great our imaging is, our goal is not to get the electrode in a specific spot on an MRI but to get it in the right spot for the patient and make their quality of life and their function better.” The brain has no pain receptors — one of the reasons that awake brain surgery is possible.

Doctors are able to make the most of the surgery with awake patients

The practice was pioneered decades ago in epilepsy patients. Recent brain-mapping technology and highly sophisticated anesthetics have increased the number of these surgeries in recent years. Patients undergoing awake brain surgery are sometimes asked to make movements, identify pictures on cards, or count numbers. “It’s a very interactive surgery, and that’s how we like to have it because it puts patients at ease but it also, more importantly, makes sure we’re getting the best testing possible and we’re making the most of the surgery.”, Dr. Pouratian concludes.


02/20/2020 2:23 PMupdated: 02/21/2020 10:21 PM


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  • Edgar V.
    10/04/2020 20:09

    When Nixon visited China one of his companions from his medical team was present during a patient having brain surgery and eating tangerines throughout the whole process..

  • Ginny K.
    09/28/2020 22:15

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  • Adam C.
    09/28/2020 13:40

    awesome to see

  • Jacob C.
    09/27/2020 08:42

    If there are no pain receptors in our brains why do we get headaches and migraines

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    09/25/2020 12:36


  • Anita D.
    09/25/2020 05:09

    You are all brilliant ❀

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  • Roger G.
    09/24/2020 18:50

    Thank you for posting this video. It gives me something to investigate, this video and information was amazing.

  • Bhupesh G.
    09/24/2020 18:10

    Excellent 👍 work by doctors

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    09/24/2020 16:35


  • Mel O.
    09/24/2020 15:18

    I'm sure trump will approve of this procedure. He is a genius. Don't believe a word of what I said.

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    09/24/2020 14:35


  • Peter T.
    09/24/2020 12:39

    Cool ✌

  • Kathleen H.
    09/24/2020 10:14

    Good god.

  • David W.
    09/24/2020 08:31

    I and others have seen this before and it does make you realize what people are capable of! Awake craniotomy. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!