A brain tumor can limit various functions of an individual’s ability and can worsen if these tumors are in contact with eloquent areas of the brain. When eloquent areas of the brain are at risk, a procedure called Craniotomy is performed. To learn more about this life-saving procedure, take a look at the article below!
Eloquent areas of the brain are described as parts that are more important than others. Eloquent areas are responsible for speech, movement, and senses. When these areas of the brain are affected, serious issues and symptoms can arise and require a procedure called Craniotomy. Craniotomy allows for the patient to undergo surgery by extracting the brain tumor, this will allow the eloquent area to thrive and grow again.
Usually, brain surgery is performed when the patient is asleep for anxiety and comfort reasons, but brain surgery can be done when a patient is awake as well. Brain tissue does not sense pain, and usually, during a craniotomy, a patient will not feel a thing. Additionally, when a patient is awake during surgery this technique helps the doctors and surgeons verify that none of the patient’s functions have been affected or injured during the surgery. The day after surgery is done the patient can normally walk with very little assistance.
Swelling is a common sign after surgery is done and can get better over time. During the procedure, if working on an area requires extraction near speech areas, then the surgery must be done 1 cm away from speech areas. Without the patient being awake during surgery, the risk of permanent injury and damage could be present due to limitations of communication between the patient and the surgeon.
At Rocky Mountain Brain & Spine Institute brain surgeons make sure that procedures are done accurately and effectively.