Doctors at Houston’s Memorial hospital live-tweeted brain surgery on Twitter, complete with graphic video, photos and up-to-the-minute commentary. Approximately 14 million people followed the brain resection on an unnamed 21-year-old girl as Dr. Dong Kim removed a benign tumor from her posterior right temporal lobe. If you missed it, check it out here…
A veteran of up to 300 craniotomies a year, Dr. Kim was involved in the team that treated former U.S Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords last year after she was shot in the head at point-blank range.
The social-media medical team put together by the hospital tweeted every step of the operation, opening up a little known field of surgery to the public.
The patient, whose tumor was discovered after she suffered seizures, benefited from the latest advantages in neuro-navigation.
Assisted by a MRI map of the brain, Dr. Kim was guided to the tumor exactly like a GPS would a car to its destination.
The surgery took roughly four hours from anesthesia through the surgery as Dr. Kim opened a two inch by two inch hole in the side of the patients skull and exposed the brain for 90 minutes as the neurosurgeon removed the tumor.
Interaction with the public during the surgery was provided by Dr. Scott Shepard, a neurosurgeon with Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann in Houston.
The surgery was successful as Dr. Kim removed the cavernous angioma tumor from the 21-year-old girl’s brain.
As bone in the skull does not have to be encouraged to reform, the skull-flap can be simply replaced like a missing jigsaw piece and the nylon sutures used to sew back up the skin.
Then the patient was wheeled into the ICU where she was woken up just 15 minutes after leaving the operating room. Incredibly she will be ready to leave the hospital in only three days.