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Funny Surgery Stories: Launched

Last week I wrote about a new site, Funny Surgery Stories, where medical professionals and patients are encouraged to share stories, upload videos or music focusing on funny stories from the OR. The site is now live and features some real pearls as shown below.

Funny Surgery Stories

I’ve come across a new site that will feature funny surgery stories. You can upload stories through text or via Youtube. I contacted the admins for an interview. Details later.

DIY Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Kit on Amazon

I’m pretty sure that this is just a joke, but you can actually buy a DIY Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Kit on Amazon.

One of the comments there:

Unfortunately I managed to get this all screwed up. It should have been clearer that you don’t use all three kits. I ended up doing my stomach, liver and what I believe is a kidney although I don’t have enough medical experience to say for sure. It was very hard to use some of the tools while looking in the various mirrors I had set up. But, I got it done. At one point my wife came in, saw the mess and said I should have called a real doctor. Well, I showed her! I’m now happily eating, drinking and urinating much less. I look forward to trying the next release, the cardiac bypass kit.

Live Tweeting During Operations Again

You may remember when I mentioned that the Henry Ford Hospital streamed the first live surgery on Twitter (Twurgery). It seems it wasn’t an only example, as now more and more healthcare institutions start doing the same.

It seems as though Twitter is everywhere these days, but this is a new one: Thursday, Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro is tweeting in the operating room.

MTMC tweeted updates and photos of a woman’s hysterectomy as it happened. The patient, Karen Alwell, said she was confident everything would go well.

It wasn’t the surgeon tapping away on his smart-phone; he had his hands full operating the daVinci Robotic Surgical System to complete the hysterectomy. An employee at the hospital posted the updates.

You can follow their Twitter account for more updates and they also posted images during the operation.


Remote Surgery Predicted by Arthur C Clarke in 1964

Arthur C Clarke, a British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, talked about the future in a 1964 BBC Horizon programme and actually he predicted remote surgery (at 2:40).He also predicted the internet, but that’s not the point here…

One day we may have brain surgeons in Edinburgh operating on patients in New Zealand.

And let’s see what has happened:

SurgAware: Enhancing Informed Consent via iPhone

Martin Young, an ENT surgeon from South Africa, informed me about SurgAware, a new iPhone application that was meant to enhance informed consent. Unfortunately, the app is not for free, but details below.

We at SurgAware know that deciding to have an operation can be difficult. Whenever possible, a patient needs to know all the details – the reason for the operation, the alternatives to surgery, the consequences of not having the operation, and all the things that can potentially go wrong.

SurgAware puts all those risks into writing, in a format that can be emailed to anyone who needs to know. If you are a patient, you can either email the list to your doctor for discussion at your next appointment, or check to see that all topics have been covered. If you are a doctor or a nurse, you can use the list as a reference during the process of taking consent, email your patient, copy the email to yourself, and then have evidence of having disclosed the information.

A “Comment” function allows you, doctor or patient, to send a comment on the information in the application back to us, the producers, so that there is continual feedback on the content and general consensus on what needs to be included in the discussion.

DoSurgery: Community Site for Surgeons is intended as an e-learning and e-sharing resource for orthopaedic surgeons and it is now added to my huge list of community sites for scientists and physicians which features 49 community sites. You have to register on Do-Surgery in order to access the content.

Health 2.0 News: iPad, I-Patients, Wii and computer viruses

  • Wii can do better (Spoonful of Medicine): The potential benefits of using Nintendo Wii in health management and medicine/rehabilitation.

“Our research shows that implantable technology has developed to the point where implants are capable of communicating, storing and manipulating data,” he said. “They are essentially mini computers. This means that, like mainstream computers, they can be infected by viruses and the technology will need to keep pace with this so that implants, including medical devices, can be safely used in the future.”

SoundBite: Hearing Aid on Your Teeth

I love innovation in healthcare.

For people with conductive hearing loss, Bone Anchored Hearing Aids that are implanted surgically use the skull to transmit sound to the inner ear. SoundBite bypasses this problem.

SoundBite hearing system is the world’s first and only non-surgical and removable hearing solution designed to imperceptibly transmit sound via the teeth to help people who are essentially deaf in one ear regain spatial hearing ability and rejoin the conversation of life. It employs a well-established principle called bone conduction to deliver clear, high quality sound to the inner ear. Nearly invisible when worn, the SoundBite system consists of an easy to insert and remove ITM (in-the-mouth) hearing device – which is custom made to fit around either the upper left or right back teeth – and a small microphone unit worn behind the ear. No modifications to the teeth are required.

Source of Photo: Sonitus Medical

Reference: Preliminary Evaluation of a Novel Bone-Conduction Device for Single-Sided Deafness

More pictures here

Surgical Videos Now and in the 1930s

Every time I check, I’m amazed by the number of quality surgical videos uploaded there. They actually stream videos from surgeries live. State-of-the-art content.

But if you browse the Wellcome Library, you will find surgical videos from the 1930s created by the British Medical Association. A few examples:

Also Bob Coffield just published photos of medical records written in the 1930s. Nice way to compare the old system to the new one. Has it changed a lot?



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