UPDATE: Scott Hamilton recovering from brain surgery complication

People magazine is reporting that Olympic skater Scott Hamilton is slowly recovering from brain surgery he underwent over the summer. In June, we reported that Hamilton had to undergo surgery to remove a recurrent brain tumor called a craniopharyngioma. The tumor was removed, however an artery was nicked during the procedure, and had to be repaired. Days later, the physicians found that a brain aneurysm formed at the site of surgery, and it also had to be removed in a separate procedure.   According to People: “The aneurysm was successfully removed through a non-invasive procedure at the Cleveland Clinic, but Hamilton suffered the loss of two-thirds of the vision in his right eye – a known risk of the surgery. ” Fortunately, Hamilton is recovering, and is now doing well, thanks in part to his family and close friends, including Sheryl Crow and Brad Paisley.  Paisley says of Hamilton: “He’s a hero to me in the way he handles adversity and his positive outlook on life, no matter the circumstances.”

On November 6, 2010 Hamilton was able to raise 1.1 million dollars during his annual Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative fundraiser.

For more information about Scott Hamilton’s craniopharyngioma, click here.

For more information about brain aneurysms, click here.

Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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