Apr 4 2008

Appendix Removed Through Vagina

Posted by cheyennejack at 12:47 PM
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I ran across this story on John C Dvoraks blog.

Doctors holding removed appendix 

On March 26, 2008, surgeons at UC San Diego Medical Center removed an inflamed appendix through a patient’s vagina, a first in the United States. Following the 50-minute procedure, the patient, Diana Schlamadinger, reported only minor discomfort. Removal of diseased organs through the body’s natural openings offers patients a rapid recovery, minimal pain, and no scarring.

The procedure, called Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES), involves passing surgical instruments through a natural orifice, such as the mouth or vagina, to remove a diseased organ such as an appendix or gallbladder. Only one incision is made through the belly button for the purpose of inserting a two millimeter camera into the abdominal cavity so the surgeons can safely access the surgical site…

Schlamadinger, a third-year graduate student at UC San Diego working toward her Ph.D. in chemistry, reported her pain as a ‘1′ or a ‘0.5′ on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest. The opportunity to participate in the clinical trial was attractive to the scientist in her.

Quite genious and remarkable really.  Medical science just keeps working on remarkable techniques and now at providing jokes for late night talk shows too.  I just know that as a man, the appendix is coming out of a surgical hole in my stomach and not that way.


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