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Transoral Cholecystectomy

Posted on Aug 6, 2007 in Illustration, Surgical

Transoral Cholecystectomy

This illustration was created for an article by Rita Rubin in USA Today entitled “Natural orifice’ surgery has tongues wagging.” Surgeon Lee Swanstrom of the Oregon Clinic removed a patient’s gallbladder through her mouth. Here’s how: 1. An endoscope was snaked through the patient’s esophagus and into her stomach. 2. Next, a tiny knife was inserted through the scope and cut a quarter-inch to three-eighths-inch hole in her stomach. He then passed a tiny balloon through the scope and inflated it when it got to the end, stretching the hole.* 3. The surgeon...

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