awake brain surgery
A self-explanatory term for brain surgery performed on a patient awake enough to describe sensations or whose muscles contract when stimulated by the surgeon, who probes regions of the cortex to better delineate tissue that can be removed. Awake surgery helps minimise the loss of functional tissue.
Conditions for which ABS is recommended Astrocytomas and other brain tumours with poorly circumscribed margins; epileptic foci
Synonym Awake surgery
References Helix, UVaHealth System 2003; 19:(3):12