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RE: How Many Surgeries Have You Had

Sat Aug 11, 2007 3:08 am

One operation toremove my toenail due to it becoming ingrown.
One operation on my right arm to remove my strawberry birthmark.
One operation to my eyes using LASEK surgery.
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RE: How Many Surgeries Have You Had

Sat Aug 11, 2007 3:12 am

Quoting TZ757300 (Reply 12):

That was cool. I'm forwarding that video to all my squeamish friends.
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RE: How Many Surgeries Have You Had

Sat Aug 11, 2007 3:14 am


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RE: How Many Surgeries Have You Had

Sat Aug 11, 2007 3:15 am

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 2):
They took a lazer and zapped some blocked spots. Its called sino sinus. I haven't had any major problems since. Also if you get it done, make sure have a good anesthesiologist. I barfed a heck of alot after. Also, they install packings the size of your pinky so when you sneeze you cant breathe. Other than that the recovery will be in bed for a couple of days.

My brother just had the same surgery yesterday. But thats not me....

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RE: How Many Surgeries Have You Had

Sat Aug 11, 2007 3:27 am

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 8):
Suspect melanoma removed from my nose - luckily malignant

You have a weird perception of luck, PlymSpotter

Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 33):
Hell no. Kidney Stone Removal Surgery, or Lithotripsy (I think), involves sticking a tube up the wang, into the bladder, and on to the kidney. They then send a laser up and laser the stones, breaking them up, and removing the chucks in the process. Fun? Hardly... was outpatient stuff...

Lithotripsy is kidney stone crushing by focused shock-wave, applied from outside.
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RE: How Many Surgeries Have You Had

Sat Aug 11, 2007 3:39 am

Eye've had my lobotomy. Now me kan werk!

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RE: How Many Surgeries Have You Had

Sat Aug 11, 2007 3:47 am

Quoting WildcatYXU (Reply 54):

Ah. I see. Well, whatever the surgery is called that involves tubes and lasers up the wang, that's what I've had.
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RE: How Many Surgeries Have You Had

Sat Aug 11, 2007 5:35 am

How many times has this thread come up?  Wink

Having been born with Treacher Collins syndrome (a rare genetic craniofacial disorder), I have had 20-30 surgeries to reconstruct malformed/missing bones and structures in my face from my ears forward and my throat upward. I have been operated on by craniofacial teams at St. Louis Children's Hospital (St. Louis, MO) and JW Riley Hospital for Children (Indianapolis, IN).

A short summary list:

*Multiple stages of cleft palate repair (including tongue flap procedures)
*Multiple stages of outer ear reconstruction with ribs and cartilage grafts
*Multiple lower jaw advancements with metal plates, screws, and rib grafts, requiring wiring the jaws shut for months (and feeding with a syringe)
*Several midface advancements with bone grafts
*Reconstruction of malar bones and orbits with rib grafts, wires and screws
*Multiple tracheostomies in conjunction with the jaw surgeries
*Malar and chin bioabsorbable implants (which were soon rejected by my body and led to serious infections requiring repeat hospitalisations and drainage surgeries)
*Two different implantable bone-conduction hearing aids (1987: Xomed Audiant, and 2003: BAHA)
*A failed attempt, in 1978 at age 3, to drill ear canals & reconstruct middle ears (surgery had to be aborted after exploration)
*Eye muscle surgery
*Mandibular biopsy for suspected growth in right mandible; found to be scar tissue from the previous jaw surgeries

All have required general anesthesia, which is a serious challenge for my anesthesiologists due to my tiny airway; multiple techniques have been tried--safest methods are LMA and awake fibre-optic intubation.

My future autobiography, The Pancake Kid will, in more detail, describe my journey through these surgeries and other challenges in my life. Wish me luck (and prayers) in getting it published someday!

My lifetime experiences with Treacher Collins syndrome have led me to pursue the field of research in craniofacial embryology, which I studied at King's College London in England for the last 3 years, and now, I am pursuing my PhD in that very same field, at the University of California San Francisco!

Two photos of me, showing "before" and "after" a lifetime of surgeries:

At age 3, before any corrective surgery, showing the features of Treacher Collins syndrome.

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Now, at age 32.

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RE: How Many Surgeries Have You Had

Sat Aug 11, 2007 5:58 am

11 surgeries, mostly on my left hand (keyword: syndactyly)
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RE: How Many Surgeries Have You Had

Sat Aug 11, 2007 6:05 am

Quoting Piercey (Reply 38):
get my wisdom teeth pulled Monday Sad

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Good luck! Get your friends and family to bring you some ice cream or sorbet.

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