Total gastrectomy video

December 17, 2008 § 12 Comments

The stomach exposed through the midline incision.

The stomach exposed through the midline incision.

My last video in 2008, this total gastrectomy with Roux-en-Y reconstruction for stomach cancer, was published today on « Read the rest of this entry »

Inner scents revisited

May 21, 2008 § 3 Comments

A while ago I wrote a post about the smell of smoke from electrosurgery, wherein I said:

Opening the abdominal cavity does not emit any smells, unless there’s some infected parts, necrotic tissue, pierced bowels or gas present.

This week I filmed an operation where the bowels, or actually the stomach, was pierced on purpose. « Read the rest of this entry »

Plumbing and black nodes

February 26, 2008 § 5 Comments


Postponing is always a factor in my work. Operations are rescheduled all the time for various reasons. Last week I had prepared to film a major amputation, but ended up in the stomach and groin instead.

On this particular day I was originally going to film a hemipelvectomy (or transpelvic amputation, if you like). I’d spent some of the previous day reading up on the subject and was well prepared. Only to find out the next morning that the operation was postponed. The patient had gotten a venous thrombosis and was in no condition for this radical surgery. Must be tough on the patient. He’d probably had some hard nights of mental preparation.

So no amputation, but incidentally a total gastrectomy was on. « Read the rest of this entry »

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