Cutting Through The Crap

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Clean Kill


Score another one for laparoscopic gallbladder surgery.

If only the world had listened when it had the chance.

But then, the same could be said of many things.



2 comments:

Frank Drackman said...

Did you ever do Lap Choly's Sid?? Not bein an A-hole, just curious. I trained back when gallstones still got you a big Chevron incision and an incentive spirometer...
Reports said his large bowel was perforated...sounds like a Trocar injury instead of the whacked Bile duct I figured he had.
Didn't agree with him politically except on guns and abortion, but have to admire his courage and military service.
And I like that he looked like a Muppet.

Frank

Sid Schwab said...

Yes, Frank, I did lap choles, and other laparoscopic surgery as well. It's just that I thought my mini-chole technique was better. Because it was. So that's what I did nearly all the time. In fact, people came to me for it, because they'd heard of people being injured during lap chole.

Same training as me. Plus an NG tube for three days.

I agree it must have been a trocar injury; when I did lap surgery, we used a 5mm camera in the initial trocar, so the entry was visible from skin all the way through the peritoneum. Safer, I think. Not to mention much faster insufflation.