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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsLet's go back in time. Your surgery was about two years ago, right? Do you have any memories of it, since you were awake during surgery? No, not of the actual surgery. I do remember, before the anaesthetic... they came to collect me from my bedroom at 8 AM. Then they put me in the waiting room. From there I was taken to the OR. There we talked for a bit, but I was out pretty soon. Of the entire surgery, which apparently lasted quite long... I remember about five minutes. Five minutes? -That's all. You suffered an epileptic fit after the surgery. So it took a few days to recover from that. And your language skills improved as well.

Skip to 1 minute and 15 secondsYes, my language skills improved after the surgery. I think I recovered pretty fast after the surgery. So afterwards I could understand a lot more... than before they found the brain tumour. I used to be terrible at English, I just couldn't understand it. I really tried to learn it, but I just couldn't. After the surgery, it was no problem. I could even watch TV without subtitles. So that went much better afterwards? Absolutely, many things went much better. I also had an obsessive-compulsive disorder, linked to the brain tumour. It was located in a part of the brain... which affects thinking, memory, speech, and everything. But that was also gone for almost 95 percent. So that was a big relief.

Skip to 2 minutes and 21 seconds-And how are you doing now with that? Pretty well. The same, it hasn't come back? That's great. You had an awake craniotomy. Did it go well, looking back? Yes, absolutely. I wasn't afraid of the surgery at all. Do you have less energy now? -Yes, I do. The chemotherapy really drained me physically, you could say. So I'm very tired still. You have to learn everything from scratch again. You used to work at a camera wholesale company. Are you working there again yet? -No. You've had to give up your passions, your hobbies, and your job. All these things you can't do any more. Have you found new things to take pleasure in, in daily life?

Skip to 3 minutes and 29 secondsI take pleasure in things like going for a walk outside. I also have a new hobby, photography, which I enjoy very much. I look at the world differently now, I notice new things. So that ties in well with photography. It's also relaxing, it calms your head.

Skip to 4 minutes and 1 secondHere are two pictures. -Yes. Take a good look, then I'll ask some questions. First point to the bicycle, then to the cow. The bicycle, the cow. -Very good, now turn the page.

Skip to 4 minutes and 19 secondsAnother two pictures, and now my question is: Touch only the apple. Very good.

Skip to 4 minutes and 31 secondsAnother picture, with a text above it. The man walks off with the ladder. Is this what you see in the picture? -No.

Skip to 4 minutes and 46 secondsNext question, answer 'yes' or 'no'. The woman is going to wash the car. -Yes.

Skip to 4 minutes and 57 secondsDoes a table have windows? -No.

Skip to 5 minutes and 2 secondsNow this one: Can you eat spaghetti? -Yes.

Skip to 5 minutes and 9 secondsNext question: Is a butterfly a bird? -No.

Skip to 5 minutes and 21 secondsCan you say what this is? -A piano.

Skip to 5 minutes and 27 secondsAnd this? Broc...

Skip to 5 minutes and 34 secondsBroccoli.

Skip to 5 minutes and 39 secondsDon't you like it? -Yeah, sure. It tastes awful. How could I say I liked it? Broccoli? Absolutely disgusting. -You said you liked it. Next page. Electricity. -Electricity.

Skip to 6 minutes and 3 secondsSolicitation. -Solicitation.

Skip to 6 minutes and 10 secondsCan you read this aloud for me? Administration. -Yes, and this one. Congratulate. -Yes.

Skip to 6 minutes and 25 secondsNow on to this. Please answer these questions with 'yes' or 'no'. Can you blow on a guitar? -No. Is France a country? -Yes. Does an elephant have a beak? -No.

Following up on our patient

We will now see the follow-up video on our patient. It shows him approximately 2 years after the surgery. What do you notice now in his language performance?

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Language Testing During Awake Brain Surgery

University of Groningen

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