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Methodist to webcast brain surgery

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - This afternoon, Methodist Health will webcast a unique surgery known as an 'wake craniotomy' on their website.

According to Gary Shorb at Methodist Health, an awake craniotomy is necessary when a tumor is present in a portion of the brain that controls an important function, such as speech, sensation or motor movement.

The procedure lasts approximately three hours and allows the neurosurgeon to test the neurological function of the patient while removing the tumor. The patient is asleep during the uncomfortable parts of the procedure, and then brought to consciousness after the brain has been exposed.

The procedure to be webcast today was performed by neurosurgeons Allen K. Sills, Jr., M.D., and L. Madison Michael II, M.D., with assistance from Wayne Hamm, CRNA.

The webcast is scheduled to begin at 4:00pm, and you can view it by clicking here.

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