Brain surgery on an out patient basis in the UK...BD
The technique has been developed by Britain's youngest female brain surgeon, Dr. Gelareh Zadeh at University College Hospital, London. The new technique "freezes" the patient's scalp with a local anaesthetic before making an incision in their skull. Experts say the use of a local rather than general anaesthetic makes operating easier and means the patient makes a faster recovery; they can also go home the same day rather than remain in hospital for up to a week. The procedure was first performed in July this year on 52-year-old patient Deborah Calder, who remained awake throughout the surgery and was able to talk to her doctors throughout the operation. Mrs Calder, who had cancer in her lungs before it spread to her brain, says the procedure was completely painless, and she was made to feel very relaxed; the operation has apparently given her "a new lease of life". By evening she was at home with her family enjoying a cup of tea and has since made a full recovery.