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Deciphering 13 Surgeon Phrases
|A 16-year-old collie had this 6-pound benign splenic hematoma. (Courtesy of Dr. Phil Zeltzman)|
- A chance to cut is a chance to cure
Most of us live for surgery. It’s pretty simple, really: If a patient has a tumor, cut it out. If a dog has a twisted stomach, untwist it (and pexy it!). If the patient is paralyzed, remove the herniated disc.
Surgeons are more open-minded than many credit them for. For example, most surgeons now realize that a perianal fistula is not a surgical condition. Because of its immune-mediated etiology, it often is best treated with drugs such as cyclosporine.
Some open wounds heal quickly and cosmetically with simple hydrotherapy. Other wounds respond very well to Epsom salt soaks. Surely, there are other examples of patients who may not benefit from surgery.
Our musically inclined readers may be interested in this factoid: “A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure” is an album by a San Francisco duo named Matmos. They apparently added their electronic music to recordings of actual surgical procedures: a suction machine, a bone saw, plastic surgeries. Song titles include “LASIK,” “Lipostudio” and “California Rhinoplasty.”
The CD is easy to spot at your...
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