Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What exactly is going to be done?

So I know the question has been asked, what all is going to happen at UCSF ,that could not happen at Riverbend? My home hospital took great care of us, and was able to remove a lot of the tumor. We thank our surgeon for stopping when he did, as we have no major deficits. This took skill.

So....What is going to be done?
Well the rest of the tumor has to GO!!! Yes, this is obvious.

But HOW?! --Glad you asked!
Well to start with-- UCSF is a leading brain research facility in the world. It is in the top five hospitals in the nation.  Good start I think. But the techniques and skills used by these surgeons are nothing but cutting edge. HA! No pun intended~ Ok so maybe a little. We still have our humor.

Brain mapping- This directly quoted from UCSF it describes it better than I can---

Brain Mapping

The brain is the most complicated organ in our body. Every area has a specific function that controls everything that we do. For years, doctors have had a rough map of the brain, but never to the degree that they could operate and know for sure how to avoid every critical portion since each persons brain is unique, causing variations in the map. This fact, combined with the sheer complexity of the brain, has challenged neurosurgeons for years.
Through groundbreaking research pioneered at UCSF, an advanced brain mapping technique has enabled doctors to remove as much of a brain tumor as possible while minimizing the impact on the crucial areas of the brain that control movement, speech and the senses. By using three-dimensional imaging technology to operate on the brain, surgeons can accurately target their dissection down to the smallest degree. The goal is to remove all or most of the tumor without producing any permanent neurological deficit in the patient.
During the surgery, the patient is awake for a portion of the surgical procedure to help surgeons with an understanding of the functional areas of the brain near the tumor. This allows doctors to map out their path to a successful surgery while minimizing impact on healthy, vital tissue. The patient is allowed to return to consciousness after the brain has been exposed, and then interacts with the team as they stimulate areas of the brain near the tumor.
For example, the neurosurgeon may stimulate the brain where it controls feelings in the mouth and gums, causing the patient to experience tingling or tongue twitching. Language testing is also performed. Once the areas of the eloquent cortex have been identified, the patient is put back under general anesthesia and the surgery is completed.


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3 comments:

Brandee said...

Incredible! I think of you all often and I will keep praying for a beautiful brain mapping tumor removing easily recovered surgery! Phew... God did you follow all that? Sending lots of strength with you to UCSF!

Joel 2.0 said...

So cool, I still can't believe I'm going to be awake for some of it. Crazy, God is good! Psalms 91!

Carol said...

Did you get the question re: family picture? Bill