Welcome to the 316 Edition of SurgeXperiences - The Surgical blog carnival. I was overwhelmed with the number of submissions I got and it was nothing short of a party for me to read all the posts.
Without further ado, lets jump straight in.
A very interesting learning blog with some strange facts that most of us must have learnt but never paid much attention to is at Gastrointestinal Gutwrencher. The Life in the fast lane author has made it even more interesting by putting in short question answer paragraphs!
Dr. Wes seems to have come across a gem. Bangalore in India has done the unthinkable (at least to me) Peforming Wide Awake Open Heart Surgery. The picture says it all. Expect a lot of comments on this one.
Sticking with strange and unheard of surgeries, China seems to be at the forefront of all things new with fingerprint surgery. Still not sure whether it would be considered legal in any country other than China, this definetely needs a look at.
Rlbates of Suture for a Living gives us an education in plastic surgery with Neoumbilicoplasty. A well researched post about "the only scar that perhaps all of us want." She details fantastically the various options plastic surgeons face while creating that perfect umbilicus for a variety of indications.
Women Neurosurgeons may be a rare breed but they may just be the most caring doctors. We find here a case of a doctor having to make that very very difficult decision of operating upon a close associate and friend....Sometimes, it is better to refer away! It no longer remains a matter of trust but of judgement.
Inspirational stories are the need of the hour at Haiti, after the nation reels under the enormity of the devestation caused by the Earthquake. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, of CNN, provides just that with this report on performing Neurosurgery on board a U.S. Military Ship.
To lighten the mood, Aggravated DocSurg gives us a song listing all the places he has been in the human body (didn't know some of those names, by the way) in his song - I've been....Everywhere!
A brilliant concept - Domino Surgery - which I think could be the way ahead in the future for transplant patients gives people the option of getting organs when their relatives don't match or are unable to provide for them. Brilliant read, I think!
Coming to something I know a bit about, Bariatric surgery. A nice bit of news coming out says that Bariatric weight-loss surgery is considered safer than living with obesity. Read the whole article here. Personally, I have seen many patients literally starting a new life after bariatric surgery and consider it a boon for such cases.
Some more surgical news while we're at it. Asian news International reports on A novel technique that can help young patients to delay, or even possibly avoid altogether, the need for a total hip replacement.
The Hopkins PodBlog gives us startling news for women of the world. Women are almost 70 times more likely to require hospitalization for VTE following inpatient surgery. Blood clots and surgery details the information for us.
Stephanie Aurora Clark Nielson returned from an almost fatal plane crash, and is going to have some of plastic / reconstructive surgery. This small post gives us an insight into the mind of a patient fighting it out for normalcy.
One thing for all surgeon's to remember, I think, is to be respectful to all the support staff and ancillary staff in the O.R. You never know when someone you have rubbed the wrong way would be the very person you need. This is exactly what happened with this Norwegian Medical Photographer. The post describes how the surgeon could not even get a word in before the blogger got in, got the photo and walked out. Read about it here at Be quick or be dead.
A different kind of blog was brought to my attention by Jeffrey Leow, concerning Gender Reassignment Surgery. The writer of this particular post comes off as being so passionate about the post that you can't but help support her cause.
That is all for this edition of SurgeXperiences. However, if you do want to browse through older editions, you can do so here. Thanks for the patient read and your support in helping this first time host to manage this cyber party. Cheers!
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