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December 18, 2006 12:39 PM   Subscribe

Inside Surgery, Dr. Lisa Marcucci's surgical blog, will give you a lovely preview of exactly what they'll be doing to your guts, from gallbladder surgery to appendectomy, artery plaque removal, hemorrhoid removal, and more. Supplement the text with this extensive collection of surgical videos (NSFW), and you'll be ready to operate -- or, at least, to understand what'll go on during your operation.
posted by vorfeed (17 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
The site design isn't the best, and it's especially ugly under Firefox, but this is still a great resource. Check the archives for months' worth of surgery tips and descriptions. Updated daily.
posted by vorfeed at 12:40 PM on December 18, 2006


Well, at least it’s not colon cleansing.
posted by Smedleyman at 12:55 PM on December 18, 2006


For more of a postmortem perspective, the dissection videos from our med school anatomy class are publicly available here.

I actually grew up in Marshfield, WI, where a few of the operations from the "surgical videos" link were filmed. I totally know the guy doing the "Catheter Ablation: Atrial Fibrillation" operation! (It's a pretty small city...)
posted by corranhorn at 1:06 PM on December 18, 2006


I know a guy who started a company to produce these kind of videos, thinking he would sell them to hospitals as a way to explain surgeries to patients before the procedures.

Turns out the only people interested in buying them was HMOs, because so many people didn't want the surgery anymore once they'd seen them.
posted by StickyCarpet at 1:11 PM on December 18, 2006


why is the link to the surgical videos labeled "nsfw".
posted by killyb at 1:19 PM on December 18, 2006


not safe for wusses.
posted by jimmythefish at 1:29 PM on December 18, 2006


Er, because surgery's disgusting? NSFW isn't just for tits, methinks.
posted by Richard Daly at 1:29 PM on December 18, 2006


saying surgery is disgusting is like saying sex is dirty
posted by killyb at 1:39 PM on December 18, 2006


but anyways...sorry to sidetrack...
posted by killyb at 1:39 PM on December 18, 2006


It's a shame there isn't an actual video of a gallbladder being removed (unless I missed it) as I had mine out last year after 9 months of bloody agony, and it would have been quite therapeutic to see it re-enacted.
posted by saturnine at 1:46 PM on December 18, 2006


(Intercom) "Will the REAL Dr. Marcucci please report to surgery immediately!"
... an Obscure Firesign Theater reference
posted by hal9k at 1:47 PM on December 18, 2006


Some of the comments are a little scary on the surgery articles. For example, on the appendectomy article:

it was awesome.reading through the text i visualised what i had seen in the theatre.this time around when i try my hand on appendectomy this reading must make me go swiftly.

This time around? He's using something he read on a blog to make his next apendectomy go faster? I am so never having surgery!
posted by tastybrains at 1:50 PM on December 18, 2006


I interviewed Lisa Marcucci this summer for Medscape (reg req'd). She's applied that methodical surgical mindset to blogging, and has built up an impressive site this year.
posted by borborygmi at 2:16 PM on December 18, 2006


It's a shame there isn't an actual video of a gallbladder being removed (unless I missed it) as I had mine out last year after 9 months of bloody agony, and it would have been quite therapeutic to see it re-enacted.

A friend had his out and showed me 3 fairly small holes/incisions. The gist of his narrative: IM IN YR GUT SUCKING OUT YR GALL BLADDR THRU A STRAW
posted by hal9k at 2:17 PM on December 18, 2006


( meow )

"Get that cat out of here..."
posted by tomboko at 3:14 PM on December 18, 2006


Having been to enough Ministry shows in my day, I've seen plenty of surgery videos. I have been completely desensitized.

Interesting site. The writing seems in spots to be entirely too technical to be understood by Joe Sixpack, but it's definitely an excellent idea, and a seemingly good resource. I suppose anyone going in for surgery probably has the basic vocabulary of what's being done to them down pat, but some of the writing could use an editor to re-express descriptions of these procedures in layman's terms.
posted by psmealey at 4:36 PM on December 18, 2006


I watched several of these webcasts while on my surgery rotation. You can search the archives by specialty and the procedures employ mostly very cutting edge techniques. Only problem is, you are forced taint your hard drive with the poison that is RealPlayer.
posted by aceyim at 7:23 PM on December 18, 2006


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