Many of Dr. Asif Ilyas's patients stay awake (and watch!) during surgery

Many of Dr. Asif Ilyas's patients stay awake (and watch!) during surgery

When Dr. Asif Ilyas talks to his patients prior to an orthopedic surgery, one of the things they discuss is whether the patient should be given anesthesia to keep them asleep during the procedure.

Many are surprised to learn that there are actually numerous benefits of staying awake and using only local anesthesia to numb the surgical site.

But "awake surgery" is not for everyone, and it has a profound effect on how surgeons and their teams must conduct themselves in the OR. 

Dr. Ilyas, a hand, wrist, elbow and orthopaedic trauma surgeon at the Rothman Institute, talked with Andy about why this technique is becoming more popular—and why it's not as daunting as you might think.

Learn more: Going Under the Knife, With Eyes and Ears Wide Open - New York Times, March 25, 2017

Dr. Michael Green asks his med students to doodle more in class

Dr. Michael Green asks his med students to doodle more in class

Med students Tyler Rainer and Matthew Trifan tell us a story

Med students Tyler Rainer and Matthew Trifan tell us a story