Violinist plays the instrument while surgery


A concert violinist diagnosed with a tremor was able to help surgeons locate the exact spot in his brain to place an implant by playing his instrument during the operation.

Roger Frisch, a concert master with the Minnesota Orchestra, was diagnosed in 2009 with essential tremors, a condition that occurs when sections of the brain that control movement start sending abnormal signals.

Frisch’s condition was so mild that in many other line of work he might have been able to ignore it, but as a concert violinist it threatened his career.

In order for the electrode to work, it had to be implanted in exactly the right position, reports EverydayHealth.

Because surgeons can operate on the brain without the patient feeling pain, it enables them to see in real time if and how the tremor is responding as they place the electrode.


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