Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Hole in the head.
Today's word is "Endoscopic third ventriculostomy". A fancy name for ramming a tube through your brain to punch a hole.
Granted it's in a hospital operating room, immobilized and you're under anesthesia. The operation takes about 90 minutes to perform, but the recovery is much longer than that, maybe 18 months.
I'm always reminded of Woody Allen saying "the brain! my second favourite organ". That little statement best describes the insidiousness of the oncoming symptoms of hydrocephalus. I'm just am glad that I live in a country that has socialized medicine.