First-person account from surgeon who removed his own appendix


43 Responses to “First-person account from surgeon who removed his own appendix”

  1. Shart Tsung says:

    I do! That’s impressive but I would not be able to do that, how do you keep a steady hand?! Bleh.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I can’t decide who is the greater badass, this guy or the woman who performed her own c-section (and lived).

  3. IamInnocent says:

    It could have been worse if he hadn’t been a medical doctor…

  4. IamInnocent says:

    Oh and, speaking of hart to do, how does one sue oneself in case of malpractice ?

  5. Spikeles says:

    Seems a common thing, having to do your own procedures in Antarctica.

    On June 22, Dr. Nielsen began performing breast biopsies on herself by inserting a needle into her breast and extracting fluid

  6. Cactaur says:

    A man who is his own surgeon has a fool for a patient?

    Well he lived to tell the tale so it worked out in the end.

  7. DieFem says:

    Holy crap, that´s a man!. Did he used epidural or no anesthetics at all?.

  8. penguinchris says:

    I think what makes this more interesting than the other cases mentioned in the comments is that he’s written a gripping first-hand account of it, and there’s a photo.

    If anyone saying that the other cases are more hard core or whatever can provide a gripping first-hand account of the surgery, and photos, then I’ll gladly change my mind.

    This is also the only reason that people are interested in stories about people amputating themselves because they’re trapped under boulders – these people have gripping first-hand accounts, and the one guy has video. I haven’t read the books or seen “127 hours” but I understand the appeal, and it’s the same appeal that this Soviet case has.

    • urbanhick says:

      Yeah – I think it’s the same kind of appeal that makes people gawk when driving past a car accident. Never been able to figure that out, myself – it gives me the willies!

  9. sukaton says:

    Wikipedia entry on Inés Ramirez who performed a Caesarean section on herself.
    “She took three small glasses of hard liquor and, using a kitchen knife, sliced her abdomen in 3 attempts … cut the uterus itself longitudinally, and delivered a male infant. Both mother and child reportedly survived and are now well.”
    So a doctor performs a self-appendectomy? …not quite as hardcore, I’d say.

  10. awjtawjt says:

    Now THAT’S gutsy.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Photoshopped. Not an appendix but a penne pasta. Check pixels.

  12. Crispinus211 says:

    How about:

    “In Soviet Antarctica, surgery performs YOU!”

  13. Anonymous says:

    Man, and I thought I was tough for doing my own hangnail surgeries… I guess not!

  14. frankieboy says:

    I’d imagine something similar could happen with people traveling in space.

  15. braininavat says:

    ‘First person account’ – couldn’t they get someone to interview him? Does the guy have to do EVERYTHING by himself?

  16. bardfinn says:

    There are older books — encyclopaedias of medicine, as an example — that detail the steps and techniques of performing an appendectomy, first aid for pneumothorace, long bone fractures, relieving intracranial pressure, etcetera where a reasonably thorough laypersons could perform them. Because of the culture of tort, no-one publishes or even re-sells these gems.

    Comparably hardcore as the fellow who removed his own arm with a Swiss army knife after it was crushed by a boulder, and the other fellow who autoamputated after his arm was trapped in his boiler.

  17. Anonymous says:

    These days, would he have live-tweeted the surgery while he was doing it?

  18. mappo says:

    That is seriously impressive. I have a hard time just shaving my back-of-the-neck hair in the mirror.

  19. Shay Guy says:

    Still not as impressive as removing a parasitic worm from your own intestines while under assault by a pack of wild dingos.

  20. emmdeeaych says:

    Who else has the heebejeebies right now?

  21. rebdav says:

    In Soviet Antarctica um……
    Antarctica, Doctor heal thy self.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Aron Ralston++

  23. Anonymous says:

    Uh oh….this is going to give those Libertarian Tea Baggers ideas about what our national health policy should be.

  24. Muse says:

    I just read about this today. Now this is what I call hardcore. It is amazing what people are capable of when put in extreme situations.

  25. apoxia says:

    What a horrendous situation!

  26. OrcOnTheEndOfMyFork says:

    In Soviet Antarctica, appendix removes you!

    Nah, that isn’t quite it, either. ;/

  27. Anonymous says:

    The GOP has expressed interest in providing this story to the millions of lower income persons across our nation. It is hoped that by doing so these persons can feel the patriotic fervor that such self service medical care can give. It is genuinely hoped that by influencing the lower classes to see fit to help the medical profession to save money, more resources will then be available to the affluent and deserving of the highest medical care available.

  28. Anonymous says:

    And for my next trick….

  29. 2k says:

    Escher, eat yer heart out!

  30. Anonymous says:

    Next up: unicorn affixes own horn?

  31. Anonymous says:

    Is that really a photo of him while performing the operation? If so, one of these two comments:

    If photo taken by someone else: Uh, little help?
    If taken by himself: What someone else already said: does the guy have to do EVERYTHING himself? Also, how?

  32. lewis stoole says:

    i am such a wussy, or maybe this is a cover story for what really happened (kgb ghostwriter), but what i find perplexing is that the odd camera angle makes it appear as if he took the image with his bare feet, and to that i say, i am such a wussy.

  33. EH says:

    None of us knows what people are capable of.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Pshaw. T’ain’t nothin’. Countess Rosa Branicka, a wealthy Polish noble, performed breast cancer surgery on herself. In a Paris hotel room. In 1843. And lived to be 82.

  35. Chentzilla says:

    There even was a song by Vladimir Vysotsky dedicated to the guy and his feat: “Пока вы здесь в ванночке с кафелем…” (“While you are here in your tiled bathroom…”)

    Lyrics (in Russian) here.

  36. Schemathings says:

    Suture self.

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