INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A Louisville, Kentucky man is about to have a unique procedure only a few surgeons in the country can perform.
Garry McCandless, Sr., is having a brain tumor removed through his nose and surgeons in Indianapolis will do the surgery. Doctors at IU Health Methodist Hospital are the first in Indiana and among the few in the country who can perform this surgery.
24-Hour News 8 sat down with McCandless who is scheduled to undergo the surgery Thursday morning.
McCandless said he's thrilled it will not require any cutting of his skin or opening of his skull.
"We're very fortunate that God led us into this to know that we got an early jump on it, prognosis is we'll be ok," he said.
69-year-old McCandless has an uplifting spirit and a positive attitude for so many reasons -- he's a story teller.
"My story telling name is Ole Man Mac," he said.
McCandless and his wife Rosemary are visiting Indianapolis not to tell stories, but for a life-changing procedure.
"They say it can be a killer. They say if you leave it in there it's going to get you," McCandless said.
A team of doctors at IU Health Methodist Hospital will be removing the hard-to-reach tumor. Unlike normal surgeries, a neurosurgeon will perform the surgery through Garry's nose. The procedure is called "endoscopic transnasal tumor resection."
"The way that the procedure was explained to me, it makes perfect since what they are doing and I like it a whole lot better than cutting a hole in the top of your head," McCandless.
In April, McCandless learned the tumor was about a half an inch in diameter. Since then it has grown even more.
"We would not have known what we were dealing with a month ago when this started affecting my eyesight," McCandless said.
Rosemary said they've never leaned on faith more than they have now.
"We both believe very strongly that God has a purpose in our lives," she said.
McCandless said he knows he's in good hands.
"We decided let's go get it done. I've got a long life to live," he said.
The surgery is expected to take about four hours. Doctors said recovery is ten times faster than a typical brain tumor surgery.
Garry said he should be back to normal in about two to four weeks.
24-Hour News 8 reporter Adrienne Broaddus will be inside the operating room in the morning as it is happening. Look for her story Thursday on 24-Hour News 8.
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