On Oct. 25, National Geographic Channel plans to air the first live brain surgery of a patient with Parkinson’s. The patient will be fully awake throughout the proceedings.
The surgeons will install electrodes in the subthalamic nucleus of the brain. The operation will take place at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The procedure will be captured with two handheld cameras and several robotic cameras in the doctors’ surgical equipment.
The subthalamic (or deep brain) stimulation helps to control not only the tremors and dyskinesias, but also rigidity, posture and gait disorders.
The surgery will be shown for two hours in a special called…