Patients needing brain surgery at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough are now benefitting from a state-of-art cortical stimulator thanks to the kind generosity of the local community.
South Tees Hospitals Charity donated £23,646 for the C2 Explore, which can be used to map the functioning of the brain, especially the areas controlling the movement and speech.
The leading-edge equipment is helpful in performing safer surgery, ensuring preservation of functional areas of the brain and also prevents the need for patients to be referred to other centres.
It is mostly used for cancerous tumours and gives surgeons the ability to stimulate the brain and the cavity of tumour to show its functional parts during the surgery helping in avoiding damage to these areas.
When used on a patient who is awake, surgeons are able to check whether the area they are operating on controls the speech.
It can also be used when patients are under anaesthesia to test the functioning of muscles and identify if that is an area of the brain that controls movements.
“We are delighted that we now have this state-of-the-art piece of equipment here at James Cook,” said consultant neurosurgeon Anil Varma.
“In the past we have had to transfer patients for this procedure to other hospitals; so it will make a massive difference being able to do it here on site.
“As a specialist tertiary centre striving to deliver high quality of patient care, availability of this equipment is a great boost to the service and we are extremely grateful to the trust’s charity team for funding it.”
The machine can also be used for non-cancerous tumour surgery including some vascular abnormalities within the brain.
Ben Murphy, head of South Tees Hospital Charity said: “It’s amazing that we were able to fund this world class technology with the generous donations from people across the Tees Valley and North Yorkshire region.
“We would like to say thank you to our donors, it is fantastic that this technology is being delivered at South Tees Hospitals, enabling our patients to receive the very best healthcare.”