Flutist Performs On Operating Table After Brain Surgery To Reduce Tremors

April 4, 2018


This is a short video of 63-year old Anna Henry playing the flute on the operating table after brain surgery to reduce hand tremors. Doctors don't fully understand why the procedure (deep brain simulation) works, they just know it does. That's kind of like me and everything in life.

Henry, 63, was lying on her back on an operating room table surrounded by doctors and nurses. Part of her scalp was peeled back to expose her skull. Surgeons had drilled two nickel-sized holes into her skull and inserted a tiny 1.3 mm-thick electrode into both sides of her brain where her thalamus is located.

The surgical procedure, called deep brain stimulation, is used to treat the neurological symptoms of certain movement disorders. Surgeons implant tiny electrodes into the brain to deliver a constant electric current that significantly reduces movement and neuropsychiatric issues.

Clearly, the operation was a success. My operation? Successful, but not what I had anticipated. I'm not sure if the surgeon read my chart upside down or what, but I requested a reduction, not an ENLARGEMENT. Why on earth would I want it any bigger?! "Nobody believes that, GW." Come on, somebody had to. And I'm going to marry that person.

Keep going for a before-and-after shot of Anna's handwriting, and the video.


Thanks to K Diddie, who just sent me two ThinkGeek April Fool's products to post so he's kind of on my naughty list right now.

  • GeneralDisorder

    My ex wife plays the flute and now my 10 year old is learning. I'm surprised by how good my daughter is already. She only started learning this year and she can play the flute better than I've ever been able to play any instrument. I'm entirely not a musical person though. I played drums in 5th grade to get out of normal class but in 6th grade I hated the music teacher and stopped.

  • Emmitt Morgans

    Isn't the word for a flute player "flautist?"

    That's what Jemaine Clement taught me!

  • Bling Nye
  • Sac Macpherson

    Anna: Can I play the flute anymore?

    Doctor: Of course you can.

    Anna: Well I couldn't before!

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