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    Well it was just like the good old TV days due to Channel 5 this last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. They aired three excellent programmes about modern day surgery, informative TV for a change. It was broadcast “live” but, looking at the operating theatre clock, there was a ½ hour delay. Not surprising really!

    They featured 3 totally different operations; heart surgery, joint replacement and tumour removal.

    The heart operation was an aortic valve replacement and these days the risk of dying during the operation is only 1 to 3%. The chap involved is now doing well. To watch them wiring his breastbone back together was unbelievable.

    Totally at the other end of the spectrum was the knee replacement. There were hammers, saws, and screwdrivers everywhere. Once again the sheer professionalism was there to be seen. Fitting the right sized replacements and positioning the joint correctly to the bones was awe inspiring. All done under an epidural anaesthetic (needle in the spine) and the chap being operated on was sedated to drowsiness. He listened to CD’s whose selection was governed by the lady anaesthetist!

    Finally, the one Anne and I were most interested in; removing a bowel tumour. When Anne’s was removed 18+  years ago keyhole surgery was not used. Even though the first part  of this chap’s operation was keyhole he had a small slit (4″/10cm) made in his abdomen and they laid the offending bit of bowel onto his stomach to do the actual removal. The tools they have now are out of science fiction! One could put 4 lines of staples across the bowel and then cut it across between the central two rows. Wow! Most intriguing though was how they re-joined the bowel together!

    All in all a very good set of programmes. We only hope that there is a follow up to let us know how all 3 progressed. The knee man was “walking” next day. :good:   :good:   :good:

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    I don’t mind blood and guts TV but didn’t see it, however, as Mr F has had two of those operations ( for different reasons to those) we know how cleverly done they are!

    The epidural method that the knee replacement person had (not one that Mr. F. has had) is brilliant, I had that for a hysterectomy, I hate general anaesthetic so opted for that, felt so good afterwards that I had to keep reminding myself that I’d had major surgery!

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    I had the epidural for my knee replacement and it was brill. The time passed quickly as I took my suduko book in with me ! The sound of saws and  hammers was strange but the whole experience was worth it.

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    I’m having an epidural for my new hip! I’m not looking forward to the sound effects , but at least I won’t have a problem with sedation .  Hopefully maybe some music!

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