Magic of Music! Bengaluru man plays Guitar while doctors perform a surgery on his brain
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 20-Jul-2017

Bengaluru, July 20: Music is an escape, well said. For the first time, it has happened that during the live Brain Circuit Surgery performed in India where the patient played the Guitar! Shocking, isn’t it? Patients are usually given anaesthetics to prevent pain during a surgery as some complex procedures can be a harrowing experience for people.

Undergoing an operation for neurological disorders can be nerve wrecking, but some people seem to handle things their own way. Music can work wonders for human beings and a techie in Bengaluru proved this when he went on to strum tunes on his guitar while lying down on the operating table as surgeons burned his brain. The surgery corrected a neurological disorder which caused the 32-year-old’s fingers to be cramped, a condition known as musician’s dystonia.

The cramps are caused by the rigorous use of muscles that triggers abnormal and involuntary flexion. The techie was actually strumming the guitar to guide doctors to parts of his brain that caused the tremors so that they could be burned and repaired.

The man who was cured after a seven-hour surgery said that witnessing his fingers improve while playing the guitar lying there on the operating table was an amazing experience and he is happy to walk out of the hospital in good shape to play again.

What is ‘Musician Dystonia’?

Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder. It is caused by the brain sending incorrect information to the muscles and is characterised by involuntary, prolonged muscle contractions, which cause affected parts of the body to be twisted into abnormal postures. It can affect a range of parts of the body including the neck, eyes, voice and hand.

Dystonia has a variety of causes – but dystonias affecting the hand are often caused by performing repeated hand movements. They can affect any profession which requires repeated movements but are more common among musicians than any other professional group. Men are more commonly affected by musician’s dystonia than women with estimates of the ratio ranging from 2:1 to 6:1. s.