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Bengaluru Man Undergoes Brain Surgery While Strumming Guitar

Watch this 37-yr-old man play the guitar while undergoing surgery for a rare disorder called guitarist’s dystonia.

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A musician played the guitar on the operation table as he underwent a surgery at a private hospital in Bengaluru for a rare movement disorder affecting guitarists.

The successful brain circuit surgery, believed to be the first such operation in the country, was performed on 11 July by a team of doctors from Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain Hospital on 37-year-old Abishek Prasad, who has a passion for the guitar, to rid him of the neurological disorder 'guitarist dystonia' that had crippled his fingers.

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During the entire surgery, the patient was fully awake and was even playing the guitar as the problem only occurred when he tried playing the instrument. So the feedback from the patient was important to get the exact location of the target, doctors told reporters here on Thursday.

Expressing joy over the successful procedure, Prasad, a native of Bihar, said even the doctor did not expect the result to be 100 percent accurate. He added:

It was a great feeling for both me and the doctor. The results were visible on the operating table itself. I’m very excited. Finally, I can now live my dream, can play my guitar again after one month of recovery ... Now my fingers are completely listening to me, earlier my fingers were erect and changing from one chord to other was difficult.

Prasad had developed the problem with his left hand’s fingers resulting in difficulty in moving his little finger, and the trouble gradually grew into a disability because of which he had to stop playing the guitar.

Calling it a rare disorder, neurologist Dr Sanjiv CC, who specialises in movement disorders, said it occurs to one percent among professional musicians.

(With inputs from ANI and PTI)

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