View Entire Collection
By Clinical Topic
Diabetes – Summer 2012
Future of Nursing Initiative
Heart Failure - Fall 2011
Influenza - Winter 2011
Nursing Ethics - Fall 2011
Trauma - Fall 2010
Traumatic Brain Injury - Fall 2010
Fluids & Electrolytes
In what may be the first procedure of its kind in the United States, surgeons removed a woman's gallbladder without making a single external incision. Performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, the procedure was performed by inserting an endoscope through a 1-inch incision in the uterus. The 3-hour outpatient procedure was performed to treat gallstones.
According to lead surgeon Marc Bessler, MD, internal incisions in the uterus are less painful and heal faster than abdominal incisions made during traditional gallbladder surgery. Called NOTES (natural-orifice translumenal surgery), the new procedure is also being offered for appendectomy, abdominal exploration, and biopsy by Dr. Bessler's team.
At present, the only approach used for NOTES is through the uterus, but the team plans to develop alternative approaches through the rectum or mouth.
Sign up for our free enewsletters to stay up-to-date in your area of practice - or take a look at an archive of prior issues
Join our CESaver program to earn up to 100 contact hours for only $34.95
Explore a world of online resources
Back to Top