32-Year-Old Bengaluru Man Played Guitar During His Own Brain Surgery. That’s True!

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” ― Bob Marley

32-year-old Tushar (name changed) from Bengaluru has proved this statement true. How, you ask? That is a very interesting story.

Tushar was suffering from a neurological disorder called ‘musician’s dystonia’ which is caused due to abnormal and involuntary flexion of muscles, because of rigorous use. Because of this, Tushar experienced cramps on three fingers on his left hand for more than a year and a half while playing the guitar.

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Hence, surgeons had to perform a 7-hour long surgery at the city hospital to burn parts of his brains to correct the neurological disorder. Tushar strummed a guitar throughout the surgery.

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Tushar played the guitar throughout the surgery so that doctors can locate the troublesome areas, and then burn the parts that triggered the abnormal tremors in his muscles.

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Explaining the reason for the real time feedback, Dr. Sanjiv C C, a senior neurologist at the University of British Columbia, said, “This problem occurred when he tried to play the instrument and real-time feedback was important for us to ascertain the exact location of the target to be repaired.”


Dr. Sharan Srinivasan, a stereotactic and functional neurosurgeon at Jain Institute of Movement Disorders and Stereotactic Neurosurgery, explained the surgery and the reason behind the procedure in detail. He said,

“This is a surgery where the part of the brain triggering abnormal tremors is destroyed by burning. Before the surgery, a special frame was fixed to his head with four screws going deep into the skull following which an MRI was conducted. Based on these coordinates, a 14mm hole was drilled into the skull under local anesthesia and a specialized electrode was passed into the brain following which it was stimulated to confirm the right location and prevent complications.”


After the surgery, Tushar feels absolutely fit and fine and his disorder is also cured. He gave a statement saying,

“I was amazed to see my fingers improve magically on the operation table itself. By the end of the surgery, my fingers were 100% cured and I could move them like before. Within three days of surgery, I walked out of the hospital all set to play guitar again.”

It might have taken a lot of heart to strum a guitar while there are holes drilled into your skull. Tushar, we congratulate you and the team of doctors on a successful surgery. We hope you completely recover very soon and don’t ever stop playing.

Source: The Times Of India

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