National geographic channel telecasted one of the most daring live operation for all its viewers this weekend.
The channel broadcasted a live brain surgery of a patient in Ohio. The astonishing part is that the patient was awake throughout the procedure. This reality tv show depicts the incredible stories of science and mankind those are real. The national geographic channel is known for the amazing information and adventure experiences. It shares with the audience.
It was the episode this Sunday on the show ET that is featured on National Geographic. The live capture was taken from the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland.
According to the patients history, his name is Greg Grindley, aged 49 years old. He was ready to undergo the surgery in the hope to stop the tremors he felt in the early onset of Parkinson’s disease in 2004.
He said that telecasting this surgery would give hope to the similar sufferers. It would also educate people about the advancement in the science and technology to cure acute problems.
This procedure is called deep brain stimulation. It involves implanting four electrodes to reverse the symptoms of Parkinson’s.
Dr Miller the director of Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery at the Ohio hospital said. This function is performed by regular surgeons every week in spite of not being a cutting edge technology.
His basic aim was to make people aware of how they can cure Parkinson’s disease with the help of this solution.
In the surgery, one-inch long cut is made on the patient’s head. It is done by using a drill to make a small hole in the skull.
In an interview prior to the surgery with National Geographic, Miller said, “For the right kind of tremor, if you get the electrode in the right place, it’s as close to a guaranteed result.” He further adds saying. Getting a little improvement would make a big difference in the quality of life of the patient.
Dr miller admits that the procedure has side effects. Whenever the patient would receive medication, all the symptoms would get a lot better. But, when his body gets used to the drugs, he would need more of them. This makes the side effects more debilitating. This would eventually make the patient take medication every six hours which become four and two hours eventually while he is awake.