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A 18-year-old female asked:

feels the patient pain when is during awake brain surgery the patient awake and his head is screwed in frame to prevent movement his head?

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Dr. William Betts
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
Awake surgery: At no time during awake surgery does the patient feel pain. The patient is under general for application of the head frame. This discomfort lasts for approx 20. The patient is awakened when surgery is done in eloquent areas such as motor speech. The functional MRI has allowed less awake surgery to be done.
Dr. Steven Giannotta
Neurosurgery 49 years experience
No: An anesthesiologist is present to give extra pain medicine if that happens.

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Last updated Feb 2, 2016

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