What is a Hemispherectomy; and what are the effects on its patients
Hemispherectomy. One being the Miami children’s brain institute and the other a website called Nobelprize.org, are rather intriguing. They are both presented differently and take a unique prospective when attempting to explain what a Hemispherectomy is and the effects it has on the people who have had to undergo a life changing surgery.
The Miami children’s Brian institute goes more in depth into what this surgery is all about. The Miami Children’s hospital is a credible source and more informative and resourceful than that of the article presented by the website Nobelprize.org.
According to the Miami Children’s Brain Institute there are essentially two types of Hemispherectomy; Anatomic and Functional. The Anatomic refers to disconnecting and fully removing the hemisphere, while the Functional deals with disconnecting the hemisphere from the rest of the brain and body. Nowhere in the article by Nobelprize.org did they state any of these facts. The Miami Children’s Brain Institute also disclosed that the first Hemispherectomy in humans was performed by Walter Dandy in 1923. The initial procedure was an anatomic Hemispherectomy, but was gradually replaced by functional Hemispherectomy; another important aspect that the website Nobelprize.org failed to introduce. Instead the website Nobelprize.org spoke of a famous neurosurgeon by the name of Roger Sperry who in 1960, along with some of his colleagues, received the prize for discoveries concerning functional specialization of the cerebral hemisphere. The famous Roger Sperry was not mentioned in the article by The Miami Children’s Brain Institute, instead they kept to the facts.
One thing both articles did capture is the nature of the disease epilepsy. They both spoke of the way in which this disease traumatizes people’s life and without this surgery, life would be difficult for them and their families. Again the Miami Children’s Brain...