Now here’s something you don’t see on Twitter every day. UCLA’s Health System used Vine videos and Instagram photos to give Twitter readers the opportunity to watch brain surgery in near real-time.  The patient has Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor. During the procedure, he was awakened. Then, incredibly, he played guitar while neurosurgeon Dr. Nader Pouratian implanted a device called a brain pacemaker.


Scrub in with us today for a Deep Brain Stimulation surgery today #DBS #500thDBS #UCLAORLive uclahealth.org/UCLAORLive


Getting the patient ready with the frame #UCLAORLive #500DBS #nomoretremor


Taking a look at the CT Scan to see where the implants should be placed. #UCLAORLive #500thDBS #DBS #tremor #nomoretremors


X marks the location where the electrode will be place #UCLAORLive #DBS #tremor


Prepping the site #UCLAORLive ##DBS #Tremors


Surgical TimeOut Time #UCLAORLive #DBS #tremor


More prep! #UCLAORLive #DBS #tremors


This is the stimloc. It is place on the #skull and will secure the lead in place. #UCLAORLive #dbs


Sounds beautiful in the OR #UCLAORLive #dbs


Placing the electrode #UCLAORLive ##


After some testing, the team decided to move the electrode 2 cm #UCLAORLive #DBS #500thdbs


This remote controls the voltage of the electrode #UCLAORLive #DBS


The electrode! #UCLAORLive #DBS #nomoretremors


Time to close up. The patient will have the battery placed in two weeks. The implanted system will be fined tuned like a #guitar. #UCLAORLive #DBS #tremor

Remarkable. We hope the patient has a good recovery.

UCLA Health spokeswoman Roxanne Yamaguchi Moster told the Los Angeles Times the purpose of the live-tweeting exercise was to draw attention to a  medical device called a brain pacemaker. The device is used to treat not only Parkinson’s Disease and tremors, but also epilepsy, depressionAlzheimer’s, and other diseases.

Unfortunately, Obamacare imposes an excise tax on medical devices, and we assume this tax applies to the brain pacemaker. Don’t be surprised if the pace of innovation slows down.