YouTube offers a wealth of educational and procedural videos for those interested in learning about surgery. Health care professionals, medical students, and laypersons alike will find these ten videos an outstanding introduction to a wide variety of surgeries.

Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Total knee replacement surgery has revolutionized the lives of millions of patients who previously had to limit their mobile activities because they suffered from severe arthritis, especially osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, in the knee joint.

The surgery, which replaces the joint with an artificial one, is considered to be one of the most significant developments in orthopedic surgery in the last century.

In this High Definition video, knee and shoulder surgeon Dr. Kirby L. Turnage guides the viewer as he performs and narrates a total knee replacement surgical procedure. The surgery was performed at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida.

Pediatric brain surgery

Dr. Benjamin Carson of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center is one of the preeminent pediatric neurosurgeons in the United States. This video documents his successful surgery on eight-year-old Payton to remove a recurrent brain tumor, which others had diagnosed as too risky to remove.

A computer-guided probe was used to help the surgeon determine the precise location of his instruments while operating. The tumor was located in a very sensitive area of Payton’s brain, and the operation could have caused a stroke or damaged the brain stem if the surgeon had miscalculated.

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Dr. Peter LePort performs a gastric bypass surgery at the Memorial Care Center for Obesity, Orange Coast Memorial, in Fountain Valley, California. Bariatric surgery, a term describing all surgeries treating the morbidly obese, are reserved for individuals who are overweight by 100 pounds or more. Dr. LePort has done over 5000 of these bariatric procedures.

The procedure in the video is a laparoscopy, in which a camera is surgically inserted inside the abdomen and ports are also created for insertion of the instruments. Gastric bypass surgery leads to a significant reduction in the stomach’s volume and therefore the amount of food that can be consumed. The procedure even changes the body’s responses to food.

Unilateral cleft lip repair

Plastic surgeon Dr. Shailesh Nisal repairs the incomplete cleft lip on a four-month-old child. The procedure is performed at the Sparsh Clinics in Nagpur, India. The treatment of this common congenital birth defect restores the appearance of the face and improves oral capabilities.

Full Face Transplant

This video documents the full face transplant performed at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The patient had lost most of his face because of a gun-shot wound occurring ten years prior to the procedure.

In this remarkable surgery, the team transplanted the tongue, teeth, and upper and lower jaws. Dr. Eduardo D. Rodriguez, M.D., D.D.S., chief of plastic, reconstructive and maxillofacial surgery at the Trauma Center, led a team of doctors specializing in craniofacial surgery and reconstructive microsurgery, and over 150 nurses and staff lent their assistance.

Cesarean Section (C-Section) Delivery

Dr. Michael Nageotte performs an elective repeat Cesarean section (C-section) at the Memorial Care Center for Women at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in California. In the procedure the doctor delivers the baby through an incision made in the mother’s abdomen and uterus. C-sections are usually performed when natural childbirth is determined to be risky, though elective C-sections are becoming more common.

Bypass Surgery on a Beating Heart

This video details an off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery, which enables the patient to avoid the heart-lung machine. In this beating heart coronary bypass surgery, the process of revascularization will enable the patient have an increased blood supply to the heart. The operation is performed by Dr. Arie Blitz, MD, FACC, Director, Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support at Harrington-McLaughlin Heart & Vascular Institute, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Spinal Tumor Surgery

In this video Dr. Ali Bydon, M.D., performs spinal surgery to remove a benign ependymoma (tumor) at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. The patient suffered from numbness and weakness in her legs as well as difficulty urinating. An MRI of her lumbar spine revealed the sizable tumor in the spinal canal.

Dental Implant Surgery

Larry Staples, DDS, performs dental implant surgery at Staples Dental Care in St. George, Utah. Four implants are placed in the upper jaws, and four in the lower jaws, supported by locator attachments in the denture.

The titanium implants are placed within the jawbone, which eventually fuses with the titanium post. The necessary teeth have been removed prior to the video, which shows the mouth being prepared for the implants as well as the procedure itself.

Laser Cataract Surgery

Uploaded on Apr 22, 2011 Dr. Stephen Slade, M.D., ophthalmic surgeon at the Slade and Baker Vision Center, performs laser cataract eye surgery at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. The Femtosecond laser used in the surgery performs many functions that were previously done by hand. The laser enables the procedure to be safer and more precise.

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