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Banjo legend Eddie Adcock plays banjo during brain surgery

Nashville is home to numerous music legends and some of the best hospitals in the world.

And now those two worlds have collided.

The result is a historic surgery that has people from here all the way to Sydney, Australia talking.

The surgery is called deep brain stimulation.

Surgeons figure out where the tremors are coming from, then insert an electrode that will transmit low levels of energy and jam the tremors effect.

It's something that can only be done right when the patient is awake.

"We can stimulate and see whether the effect we have is what we expect. Whether the tremor improves... whether we have any side effects that we might not want. It's that combination that gives us the precision we need to do it properly," said Dr. Joseph Neimant.

Eddie regulates the electricity through a pacemaker near his shoulder.

"I can turn it on and off with a thing I keep right on my side," said patient and banjo player Eddie Adcock.

Even doctors are amazed at his startling recovery.

"Even an amateur like myself can hear the improvement and then also the effect it has had on his wellbeing is palpable," said Neimant.

The surgery took three and a half hours to complete.

That's a lot of banjo playing but Eddie says it was well worth it.

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