Brain Surgery Live Tweet
Brain Surgery Live Tweet, Houston’s Memorial Hermann hospital for the first time ever live-tweeted a brain surgery, performed by a leading surgeon in the field.
Dr Dong Kim, one of the surgeons who led the team that treated former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot in the head in 2011, removed a cavernous angioma tumor from a 21-year-old woman’s brain.
The patient, who is not being identified, discovered the tumor after suffering a seizure.
Kim and his surgical team are using neuronavigation, a set of computer-assisted technologies, to identify the entry point and the precise location of the tumor in the patient’s brain, according to the hospital.
A craniotomy is being performed to remove a portion of the skull bone. A microscope will then be used to take out the tumor deep in the right side of the patient’s brain.
Finally, the team replaced the skull bone and completed the surgery.
A social media team that includes another neurosurgeon is sitting in an adjacent room answering questions on Twitter and posting photos and videos throughout the procedure.
Today’s pioneering surgery follows closely behind the hospital’s first foray into the medium, in which a 57-year-old’s open heart surgery was tweeted in March. (The Guardian)