Awake brain surgery is a type of procedure performed while you're awake to treat some brain (neurological) conditions, including some brain tumors or epileptic seizures.
If your tumor or seizure center (epilepsy focus) is near the parts of your brain that control vision, movement or speech, you may be awake during surgery to respond to your surgeon.
Your responses help your surgeon to ensure that he or she treats the precise area of your brain needing surgery. In addition, the procedure lowers the risk of damage to functional areas of your brain.
March 19, 2014
- Adult brain tumors treatment (PDQ). National Cancer Institute. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/adultbrain/Patient. Accessed July 25, 2013.
- Miller RD, et al. Miller's Anesthesia. 7th ed. Orlando, Fla.: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier; 2009. http://www.clinicalkey.com. Accessed July 18, 2013.
- Brydges G, et al. Awake craniotomy: A practice overview. American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. 2012;80:61.
- Bonhomme V, et al. Awake craniotomy. European Journal of Anaesthesiology. 2009;26:906.
- Barbara Woodward Lips Patient Education Center. Surgical treatment for seizures. Rochester, Minn.: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research; 2004.
- Riggin EA. Decision Support System. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. July 24, 2013.
- Parney IF (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. July 31, 2013.