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Anesthesiologist reveals unique tactic to calm young patient during awake craniotomy
Date:3/4/2013

Orange, CA (PRWEB) March 04, 2013

Allied Anesthesia physician Dr. Jack Canton used Katy Perry's chart-topper, "Firework," to calm an anxious, frustrated patient during an awake craniotomy.

It started with an 11-year-old patient was fatigued, frustrated and fidgety.

Wide awake on the operating room table while surgeons worked to remove a malignant tumor from her brain, she was growing tired of reading aloud and answering questions from the neurologist, Dr. Mary Zupanc, administering essential brain-mapping tests.

Anesthesiologist, Dr. Jack Canton had an idea.

“At that point, I asked her to pick any song she liked and sing for us,” Canton said. “Being a little uninhibited, she belted out "Firework" by Katy Perry. I thought it was quite fitting as the surgery we were performing was going to transform her life and allow her to be anything she wanted to be.”

“You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July

'Cause, baby, you're a firework
Come on, show 'em what you're worth
Make 'em go ‘Oh, oh, oh’
As you shoot across the sky-y-y.”

The patient relaxed and neurosurgeon Dr. Mike Muhonen was able to identify the two speech areas of her brain by applying an electrical probe that silenced her singing. Then, he removed the entire tumor, which bisected the speech areas, without compromising her speech.

“Asking her to sing was a very clever trick because the patient will get tired of you telling them to count to 10 or say their ABCs” said Muhonen, who performed the surgery at CHOC and St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif. “It put her in a relaxed state of mind and got her mind off what I was doing inside her cranium.”

Since the patient was singing and using her vocal cords continuously, it was easier for Muhonen to map out the speech areas to avoid while removi
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