Focused Brain Surgery Video

This is a medical video about the new non-invasive brain surgery which uses sound waves.
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Jennifer Mathews: 2002 was a year of highlights for Chris and Tracy Schoettelkotte. Tracy graduated from law school. They were married. Tracy Schoettelkotte: We went on our honeymoon. It was great. Jennifer Mathews: Then Tracy began to get severe headaches. Chris Schoettelkotte: December 24th, our life was basically perfect. Jennifer Mathews: On Christmas Day, they went to the emergency room. Tracy Schoettelkotte: And hour-and-a-half later we knew they were coming down and telling us that I actually had a tumor. Jennifer Mathews: Neurosurgeon Raymond Sawaya says Tracy's brain tumor was two inches across. Raymond Sawaya: It is a tumor that originates from within the brain substance. So when this tumor grows, it is growing surrounded by brain tissue. Jennifer Mathews: His challenge was to remove the tumor without damaging other areas. He used this new tool called a SurgiScope. It combines medical images with images from a microscope. Raymond Sawaya: I want to be focused on this point, and just to be able to tell that to the microscope, and the microscope, which is hanging on the ceiling, to be able to rotate, and focus on that point. Jennifer Mathews: Patients recover more quickly and go home sooner than with standard surgery. Tracy's tumor was removed on New Year's Eve. Now her focus is not on cancer, but on their baby-to-be. Tracy Schoettelkotte: It happened to me at this time and there's a reason. We just go forward with it, and that's what we do. Jennifer Mathews: This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.

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