Hand drill brain surgery

March 31, 2008 § 4 Comments

BBC - Brain surgery with a DIY drill

BBC has an interesting story about a British neurosurgeon who regularly travels to Ukraine to share his expertise and help with difficult operations.

In lack of surgical equipment the Ukrainian surgeons improvise, using a domestic Bosch hand drill for making the holes in the patient’s cranium during brain surgery. « Read the rest of this entry »

Check out SurgeXperiences 118

March 30, 2008 § Leave a comment


Edition 118 of SurgeXperiences – the biweekly surgical blog carnival – is up at OpNotes.

SurgeXperiences collects the most interesting and compelling posts from the surgical department of the medical blogosphere.

OpNotes is a blog featuring informal discussions about new procedures, products, and ideas in the operating room.

All previous editions of SurgeXperiences can be found here.

If your blog touches on surgery in any way, you should absolutely consider hosting an edition. Here’s how.

The Making of Modern Medicine

March 28, 2008 § Leave a comment

BBC - The Making of Modern Medicine

I’ve just finished listening to the BBC Radio series “The Making of Modern Medicine”. A total of 30 programmes about the development of medicine from the ancient Greece to the scientific medicine of today. « Read the rest of this entry »

Video summary: Peritonectomy and HIPEC

March 28, 2008 § 11 Comments


This is a video I’ve made of a peritonectomy and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) for pseudomyxoma peritonei. The video is published on www.oncolex.no in Norwegian. I’ve written a short summary of the video in English. « Read the rest of this entry »

This bastard’s voice

March 26, 2008 § 3 Comments

Gromit’s master’s voice

I am my own master. At least when it comes to video voice-overs.

I’ve just been through a longer period of editing and adding finishing touches to a series of videos. This includes recording voice-overs (VO) using my own humble vocal chords. « Read the rest of this entry »

Video summary: Left hemicolectomy

March 26, 2008 § Leave a comment

Left hemicolectomy

This is a summary of a video I’ve made of a left hemicolectomy. The video is published on www.oncolex.org. « Read the rest of this entry »

Video summary: Low anterior resection

March 25, 2008 § 3 Comments

Low anterior resection

Some videos I’ve made of surgery for colorectal cancer was published this week on www.oncolex.org.

These videos are the first made with a new camera stand I’ve designed. It provides excellent access to open abdominal surgery.

This post features a low anterior resection. The next will feature a left hemicolectomy, a cylindrical abdomino-perineal resection (APR) and a peritonectomy with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC).
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Check out SurgeXperiences 117

March 16, 2008 § 3 Comments

Flannel quilt (R.L. Bates)

Edition 117 of SurgeXperiences – the blog carnival of all things surgical – is up at one of my favorite blogs, Suture for a Living.

This fortnight’s edition is especially rich in content, ranging from stories of resuscitation to anatomical street art.

Suture for a Living is the blog of Ramona L. Bates, plastic surgeon and quilter. As she says: “I may ‘suture for a living’, but I ‘live to sew’.” I always thought embroidering would be the perfect hobby for a surgeon. I was almost right. Dr. Bates’ blog contains insightful and educational posts from the wide field of plastic surgery. Be sure to check it out!

All previous editions of SurgeXperiences can be found here.

Please consider heeding the call for hosts.

The next edition of SurgeXperiences is hosted at OpNotes on March 30th.

Paean to the pean

March 14, 2008 § 8 Comments

Pean artery forceps

Hemostat, artery forceps, hemostatic clamp, artery clamp – this beautiful surgical instrument has many names. In Scandinavia it’s simply called a “peang” (pronounced [piaŋ]). For a long time I’ve wondered why we call it that. Here’s the story. « Read the rest of this entry »

Medical mavericks

March 11, 2008 § 4 Comments

Medical mavericks

Last night I watched the first episode of the BBC miniseries “Medical mavericks” (photo credit). It tells the story of important breakthroughs in medical history by focusing on doctors and scientists that used themselves as guinea pigs. « Read the rest of this entry »

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