Makes a grown man writhe

January 31, 2008 § 6 Comments

On most occasions I know exactly what to expect when I’m heading out to film some procedure or other. Operations are routine work and I know how patients tend to react to different biopsies, infusions etc. But one recent assignment really caught me off guard.

PDT - red light treatment

There is a treatment option for skin cancer which sounds easy and gentle. Most cancers can only be treated with major surgery, radiation or massive chemotherapy schedules. But for skin cancer patients, a treatment involving light has emerged the last 15 years.
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Different shades of red revisited

January 29, 2008 § Leave a comment

Bloodless operative field

A while back I wrote this post about the problems video cameras have with reproducing the insides of our bodies. The blood running through our bodies cause most tissues to be some shade of red.

This week I got an excellent opportunity to visualize this. « Read the rest of this entry »

Lucid medical comic strip

January 23, 2008 § Leave a comment

Lucid TV #9

I have to recommend my long time favorite webcomic Lucid TV.

According to Comixpedia it chronicles the professional lives of the resident staff of the “Jim Belushi Memorial Hospital” in Juneau, Alaska. Both staff and patients in this comic represents common stereotypes taken to the extreme. « Read the rest of this entry »

Check out SurgeXperiences 113

January 20, 2008 § Leave a comment

Historical picture from an OR

SurgeXperiences 113 is up at Counting Sheep, the brilliant blog of an anesthetist nurse.

Check it out for some interesting tales of after hours surgery, accompanied by historical photos from the OR.

Edition 114 will be hosted by Anesthesioboist on February 3rd. Send in your posts now! You should also consider hosting an edition yourself.

A false alarm

January 19, 2008 § 3 Comments

“Have you ever fainted,” is a question I often get. Fortunately I have not. There were a couple of close calls during my first year in this job, but my body has adapted and I’ve learnt some tricks along the way. Falling unconscious over the patient with camera and all, that would really be a nightmare.

Some time ago I witnessed a senior resident having her worst nightmare come true. Almost.

Midfacial degloving

I was filming a midfacial degloving. This is an approach used to get access to the nasal cavity. « Read the rest of this entry »

PrimeSkills in Surgery

January 16, 2008 § 1 Comment

Dissecting forceps exercise

Wikisurgery, a free encyclopedia of surgery, contains the very interesting PrimeSkills in Surgery. Originally published on CD-ROM, this is a training program in basic surgical skills made by British general surgeon Michael Edwards. « Read the rest of this entry »

DeBakey’s surgical film stand

January 12, 2008 § 7 Comments

It’s a little-known fact that Michael E. DeBakey, world-renowned pioneer of cardiovascular surgery, was also one of the first surgeons to capture his operations on film. I only discovered it recently myself. Having heard the call for DeBakey forceps in the OR a lot, it was interesting to find out he had also invented equipment for filming surgery (photo credit).

DeBakey film stand side

In the 1960’s DeBakey started capturing some of his operations on film for educational purposes. « Read the rest of this entry »

Blunt dissection of bacalao

January 8, 2008 § 3 Comments

Blunt dissection of a piece of bacalao

For New Year’s Eve I prepared a casserole of salted and dried cod cooked with potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, olive oil and cayenne peppers. In Norway we call this dish “bacalao”, which is the word for cod in Spanish. The dried and salted cod is called “klippfisk” in Norwegian. This literally means “cliff fish”, as it was traditionally dried on the cliffs along the coast. « Read the rest of this entry »

Darkness on the edge of wound

January 7, 2008 § 2 Comments

If you’ve watched any videos of open surgery you’ve probably noticed the apparent darkness of the OR. The lights seem to be turned off, except for the surgical light which keeps the surgical field brightly lit.


And yet, surgeons don’t perform open operations shrouded in darkness, do they? « Read the rest of this entry »

SurgeXperiences 112

January 6, 2008 § 12 Comments

Welcome to the 12th edition of the one and only surgical blog carnival. Your guide to brilliant surgical blogging around the web.

Surgeon and nurse exchanging glances

Being a non-surgeon I find it truly a privilege to be hosting the first edition of SurgeXperiences in 2008. Take some time to enjoy this varied buffet of blogging, sprinkled with some photos of mine.

Let the carnival begin: « Read the rest of this entry »

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