University Hospitals doctor prepares for brain surgery to be aired live on National Geographic

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CLEVELAND, OH – In just three weeks, Dr. Jonathan Miller will be performing brain surgery live on the National Geographic channel, and it’s going to be happening right here at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

"The patient that we selected is a man that has early onset Parkinson's disease and he’s really quite disabled by his disease. He has tremors that are very very severe and prevent him from doing almost anything,” explained Dr. Miller.

The patient’s name is not being released right now. But, Dr. Miller said they plan to alleviate some of his symptoms using Medtronic DBS therapy.

The entire surgery is expected to take between four and six hours, and the patient will be awake the entire time.

He said it’s minimally invasive, so people watching at home don’t need to worry about seeing anything too graphic.

"It's done through a burr hole, so it's not like we're exposing a large amount of the brain, but obviously we're going to take all precautions to prevent anything bad from happening,” said Miller.

He said he’s looking forward to the surgery, and hopes it hopes educate viewers on how the procedure is done.

"One of the problems with a lot of these movement disorders is that people suffer from them for so many years that they forget what it's like to not have the disease, and don't realize that a better life is possible,” said Miller.

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