How a Violin Served as a “Surgical Instrument” in One Musician’s Operation

When you think about surgical instruments, scalpels, forceps, and bone cutters are usually a few that come to mind. However, when concert violinist Roger Frisch began to develop hand tremors, doctors at Mayo Clinic were forced to think outside the box in order to come up with a solution.

Using deep brain stimulation (DBS), the Mayo Clinic team used electricity to help treat Frisch’s condition. Because this was no ordinary case and the fix needed to be extremely precise, the surgeons had Frisch play the violin during surgery to ensure that the procedure was successful, making this operation the first of its kind to quite literally use a surgical “instrument.”

Watch the video of Roger Frisch’s unique success story.

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Jonathan Pressman graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a joint major in English Literature and Judaic Studies, and was a member of the varsity track & field team where he competed in the pole vault. Outside the office, Jonathan enjoys writing, and has a mildly obsessive interest in fitness, health, and nutrition.