INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Just four days ago , a Louisville, Ky. man underwent a unique brain surgery, in which a tumor was removed through his nose.
Now, that man is up and talking.
"It's such a story to tell and it will be told," said Gary McCandless.
On the fifth floor of the Neurosurgery Wing at IU Methodist Hospital, McCandless spoke from his recovery room Monday.
"The competence of these people, I guess, just excelled in everything that I believed in," he said.
McCandless said it's a blessing he's alert and moving around. One would never know from looking at him that he just went through brain surgery.
"I feel like I have real good memory now and I have better eyesight. Because the eyesight, the optical nerve was being pressed by the tumor," McCandless said.
On Thursday, 24-Hour News 8 was inside the operating room as a team of doctors removed the tumor that was about a half an inch in diameter. The procedure is called endoscopic transnasal tumor resection. Doctors performed the four hour surgery through McCandless' nose with an endoscope.
"We initially use for sinus surgery, but these days we use for more advance approaches for tumors, both the eyes as well as the brain," said Dr. Jonathan Ting, an otolarngologist at IU Health Methodist Hospital.
IU Health Neurosurgeon Aaron Cohen-Gadol removed the tumor. He called the surgery revolutionary.
"In this case the tumor is within the brain and actually very close to very delicate parts of brain that control our basic functions and who we are. And there are very critical parts of the brain, and removing those through the nose is very revolutionary," Dr. Cohen-Gadol said.
Thus, there was no cutting McCandless' skull or skin. What's also remarkable is his recovery.
"It's definitely a blessing from God ... to one, just have someone be able to do the surgery and two, to have the fast recovery," McCandless said.
McCandless is expected to be in the hospital for the next couple of days. He thought he would be able to drive in about 4 to 6 weeks. His doctor told 24 Hour News 8 he should be able to drive in about a week.
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