Brain Surgery … While Awake?
Lee Xhakollari has endured a frightening journey that would end with a surgeon performing brain surgery on her while she lay fully awake and aware on the operating table. Xhakollari made an appointment with Kevin Yao, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital, who discovered that she had a brain tumor in July 2013. Dr. Yao explained that because [the glioma] sat on the motor cortex that controlled the left side of her body, if it was done while she was completely unconscious, it would run a much stronger chance that she would be paralyzed. “There are only a handful of surgical centers that do this type of surgery. Most surgeons really haven’t learned this to the point where they’re comfortable doing it,” said Dr. Yao, who performed the successfully performed the surgery in September 2013.
-Dr. Kevin Yao, Assistant Clinical Professor, Neurosurgery, The Mount Sinai Hospital