This musician strummed a guitar during his own brain surgery

Abhishek Prasad was awake and encouraged to play the guitar while undergoing brain surgery on July 11, 2017, in Bangalore, India.

Story highlights

  • The patient was awake during the four-hour procedure to fix cramping in his fingers
  • The surgeon performed "radio-frequency ablation" to correct a rare condition

(CNN)Guitar players can strum almost anywhere, from a beach to a park bench to an operating room -- while undergoing brain surgery.

That's where Abhishek Prasad peddled his musical wares during a four-hour surgery in India that aimed to correct cramping in his fingers, his surgeon said.
    For 20 months before the July 11 procedure, Prasad had suffered from a neurological condition called musical dystonia, said Dr. Sharan Srinivasan, head neurosurgeon at the Bhagwayn Mahaveer Jain Hospital in Bangalore.
    "This is a form of a task-specific movement disorder, which comes out only when playing a musical instrument," he said. "In his case, ... it was the cramping of three fingers, middle, ring and little, on his left hand because of the misfiring circuits in his brain."
    Whenever Prasad played the guitar, his fingers would get stuck. Not anymore.
    "It was a magical feeling, completely magical," the 37-year-old musician said of the first chords he played after the operation. "I wasn't able to play for the past 20 months, and in a few seconds, my fingers were completely released, and I was able to play normally."
    "You have been struggling for 20 months to do something and just in a few seconds, you are able to do that normally, how would you feel? It was magical, it was heaven."

    'Radio-frequency ablation'

    Srinivasan performed "radio-frequency ablation" under local anesthetic to correct the condition, a treatment he had trained for in Japan, he said.