Enjoy a glass of champagne with surgeons straight after brain surgery!

Not many patients can imagine having a glass of champagne with their surgeons straight after brain surgery but that is exactly what is happening at a Zurich hospital. Swiss doctors have successfully carried out the world’s first non-invasive brain surgery with use of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) recently. Ten adult patients, who were awake during the revolutionary painless procedure, have been treated at University Children’s Hospital Zurich since September 2008 as part of a clinical study. All interventions were completed successfully and without complications under the direction of professors Daniel Jeanmonod and Ernst Martin.

The list of diseases and conditions which could be treated with this safe and effective technique includes Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, brain tumor and stroke.