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Awake Craniotomy

  • Understanding the procedure

    Parkway East, Awake Craniotomy

    An awake craniotomy is performed to operate on a part of your brain that is affected by a lesion or tumour that involves, or is close to, regions that control important bodily functions or your sensory and linguistic capabilities.

    It is important that you are conscious for the entire procedure so that your surgeon can monitor vital functions during the operation. Although you will be awake, you will not feel any discomfort because a local anaesthetic will be applied to fully numb the area.

    Your surgeon will accurately map out the critical regions of your brain so as to minimise the risk of damaging these important areas. Our surgical team will then remove a part of your skull to access the brain. During this stage of the procedure, you may be guided through a series of instructions or asked to respond to questions.

    Communication with your surgeon is crucial for the team to assess the effectiveness of the surgery as it is progressing, and to ensure that important functions are not compromised.

  • Our team of experts, including brain surgeons, neurologists, anaesthetists and speech specialists, will assess your suitability for awake craniotomy. If the surgery involves delicate structures of the brain like the nerves, veins or arteries, or is close to regions of the brain that regulate important bodily functions or affect your sensory processing or linguistic abilities, then awake craniotomy will be the recommended option.

    This procedure is especially beneficial in cases like Parkinson’s disease or epilepsy, where the team can immediately test during the operation for improvements in motor functions or control of seizures.

    Awake craniotomy may also be used to accurately diagnose the type of brain tumour you have, and to remove or treat tumours located within critical regions of the brain that may otherwise be considered inoperable due to the risk involved in damaging the brain.

  • At Gleneagles Hospital Singapore, we are committed to giving you comprehensive care. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists, nurses and therapists are here to guide you through the entire treatment and recovery process. Enquire to find out about the range of services we offer.

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