pregnancy
In World First, Woman Gives Birth After Receiving Uterus Transplant from Dead Donor

A team of doctors in Brazil have announced a medical first that could someday help countless women unable to have children because of a damaged or absent uterus. In a case report published Tuesday in the Lancet, they claim to have successfully helped a woman give birth using a transplanted uterus from a deceased donor. Read More >>

health
Next-Gen Surgeons Can Barely Use a Pair of Scissors

A man who's in charge of educating the next generation of surgeons is bemoaning the skills of his current collection of trainees, warning that the kids are so used to pawing at images of funny dogs on screens that they don't have the manual dexterity required to properly operate the knives and needles of fine surgery. Read More >>

science
Music Makes Surgery Less Scary and Painful, and There’s 30 Years of Research to Back That Up

Music may soothe the savage beast. But a new study published this month in the British Journal of Surgery makes the case that it’s also plenty good at relieving surgery patients’ anxiety and pain, too. Read More >>

science
Study Measures the Benefits of Surgery to Transgender Women

While many transgender people opt for gender-affirming surgeries, little research has been done to examine how such operations may affect their wellbeing afterward. A new study, presented at the annual European Association of Urology conference earlier this month, offers a perhaps more accurate picture of how surgery affects the lives of transgender people. Read More >>

medicine
Doctors Want You to Know How Much Damage Rifle Bullets Really Do

After the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, US on February 14th resulted in at least 17 deaths and 14 injuries, the pro-gun rights crowd trotted out a number of frustratingly familiar arguments. One of them, per Florida Senator. Marco Rubio, was that it would be impossible to effectively regulate firearms like the AR-15 used in the attack without banning all semi-automatic rifles. Read More >>

history
The Butchering Art: Victorian Medicine, From Blood-Caked Aprons and Body Snatching, to Antiseptic

“Ticketed spectators watched anatomists slice into the distended bellies of decomposing corpses, parts gushing forth not only human blood but also fetid pus. The lilting but incongruous notes of a flute sometimes accompanied the macabre demonstration. Public dissections were theatrical performances,” writes Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris in her new book The Butchering Art, available October 17th. The science and medical historian chronicles the gruesome horrors of an era before antisepsis—when speed was prized over precision—and the pioneering discoveries of Joseph Lister, known as the “father of modern surgery.” Lister’s antiseptic methods meant that injuries like a compound fracture no longer called for amputation. Read More >>

twitter
Storm Chasers Unite to Give Bill Paxton an Epic Tribute

Storm chasers combined forces to pay tribute to a man who put them on the map by literally putting his initials on their maps. Hundreds of professionals and enthusiasts are checking in to form the letters “BP” with their GPS coordinates. Paxton reportedly died on Saturday due complications following heart surgery. He was just 61-years-old. Read More >>

medicine
13-Month-Old Twins Conjoined at the Head Successfully Separated

Jadon and Anias McDonald were born joined at the head last September. On Thursday evening, 40 medical professionals spent 16 hours disconnecting Jadon and Anias in a rare operation. The McDonalds are from Coal City, Illinois, but the surgery was performed at Montefiore Medical Centre in New York City, led by surgeon Dr. James Goodrich, who “used high-tech imaging systems to help fully detach the boys’ skull and brain tissue,” according to The Independent. Read More >>

science
The First Living Donor Uterus Transplants Have Been Performed in the US

A new medical breakthrough could have major implications for thousands of US women without a uterus. According to a Time report, the first living-donor womb transplant in the US was performed at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas last month. Read More >>

medicine
Infant With Brain Growing Outside His Skull Saved By Pioneering Surgery

Bentley Yoder was born with his brain outside his skull. Doctors said he didn’t have a chance, but he not only survived—he thrived. Now, some seven months later, Bentley has undergone reconstructive surgery to move his brain back into his skull. Read More >>

medicine
A Robot’s Performed the First-Ever Autonomous Suturing of Live Soft Tissue

Robot-assisted surgery is increasingly common in hospitals, but it’s always under the control of a human surgeon. Now, a robot’s sewn up incisions in a live pig’s gut, all by itself. Read More >>

health
Robots Are Better Than Humans at Surgery Now

A team testing a system of autonomous robotic surgery claims to have bettered the best performances of man, by using a technique -- and an "autonomous suturing algorithm" -- in which the human acts as a mere guide to a superior robotic hand. Read More >>

VR
Watch the World’s First VR 360 Degree Surgery Live Today at 1pm

The Royal London hospital is about to break some exciting new ground in the world of VR, by streaming a live operation to anyone with an appropriate headset/app combo under the guise of it being educational. Read More >>

uncategorized
‘Tree Man’ With Bark-Like Warts to Undergo Life-Changing Surgery

Abul Bajandar is set to undergo major surgery to have a number of massive, bark-like warts removed from his hands, legs and feet. The 26-year-old, who you may know better as the ‘Tree man’, suffers from epidermodysplasia verruciformis, an incredibly rare skin disease that makes the person susceptible to unusual growths. As far as we know, only two other people on the planet have been diagnosed with the condition. Read More >>