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Awake Craniotomy Surgery for Tumors

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Brain tumors are often located in regions of the brain that control specific functions, such as movement or speech.

Awake craniotomy allows UPMC neurosurgeons to more safely operate on brain tumors.

Awake Craniotomy: What to Expect

During an awake craniotomy, our neurosurgeons use sophisticated brain mapping technology to locate motor and speech regions prior to tumor removal, so they can avoid these sensitive areas during surgery.

Keeping you awake during surgery allows us to continuously monitor and protect these critical brain functions, while removing as much of the tumor as possible.

Often, you can leave the hospital the next day with few, if any, lingering side effects.


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