Awake Language and Motor Mapping
Why do patients need to be awake?
Patients remain awake during the procedure so the surgeon is able to test where language and motor functions are located. Patients are under general anesthesia for the entire procedure, except during the mapping.
Why map the brain?
Brain mapping ensures the least amount of disruption to the brain when removing the tumor. Mapping the brain allows the surgeon to have guidance on which pathways will be the least disruptive to the patient's language and function.