Anesthesia for awake neurosurgery

Antoun Koht*, Georg Neuloh, Sara Jean Childers

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Scopus citations


Neurosurgical operations performed in awake patients are not -uncommon. Procedures employing this technique include resection of tumors and epileptic foci in eloquent areas of the brain, localization of the proper nucleus for deep brain stimulation (DBS), testing for spinal cord stimulator placement and other pain procedures, carotid endarterectomy and surgery on the spine and peripheral nervous system [1-3]. Proponents cite easy neurological evaluation, short recovery, fewer complications and early discharge from the hospital. In this chapter, we will discuss the anesthetic regimen as well as monitoring of neurologic function during these procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMonitoring the Nervous System for Anesthesiologists and Other Health Care Professionals
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781461403081
ISBN (Print)1461403073, 9781461403074
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012


  • Analgesia
  • Anesthesia
  • Awake neurosurgery
  • Cortical mapping
  • Craniotomy
  • Indications
  • Monitoring
  • Patient selection
  • Sedation
  • Subcortical mapping
  • Tumor resection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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