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Man Plays a Violin While Getting a Brain Surgery

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Studies in recent years show that if music is played to patients during their operations, chances of recovering faster are significantly larger for them. Music is proven to have a good effect in medicine. Though, a recent operation went even further – they operated on a man’s brain WHILE he was playing the music himself.

Now, there is no way we could know that, but it’s safe to say we SUPPOSE that staying awake while you undergo a brain surgery is no easy task. Let alone playing the violin while doing so. Roger Frisch of the Minnesota Orchestra, though, managed to fulfill them both – having an electrode inserted deep in his thalamus and playing the violin in the process.The electrode work is to send out signals at specific frequencies. Some frequencies work and some may have fatal results, but it is a fact that they have an effect, especially for patients with Parkinson’s disease, and they effectively improve their quality of life.
Roger was experiencing very little tremors, they were so small that in any other profession they would be ignored, but not for a professional violin player, who needs precision and focus. Just like his playing, the electrodes must be placed with extra precision in order not to damage his brain even more. In his case the job was even harder, since his tremors were so small and hard to detect.Thus why they invented a solution – he would have to play a violin while getting operated on, so surgeons would notice the exact moment and place when the tremor happened and fix it. A special violin was created for the purpose, equipped with an accelerometer that allowed the medics to detect even the slightest mishaps. So there he was performing with his head wide open. It must have been magnificent.
The operation was a major success and Roger continued with his career, playing music and enjoying it, just as long as he remembered to turn his pace maker on.