13 Of The World’s Craziest Surgeries Ever Performed On Humankind
There are many mysteries left to solve with regards to the functioning of human bodies. Nevertheless, the ever-advancing field of medicine has covered a lot of ground in the past decades. It might take a certain level of craziness to carry out the following surgeries – but it all pays off when the patient gets to live a longer and happier life.
1. Most complex face transplant.
The above picture shows the x-ray of the patient’s face before surgery. Suffering from a condition called arteriovenous malformation for the past 20 years, this man had gone through severe facial deformations. In a 27-hour-long surgery process, 45 doctors, surgeons and nurses reconstructed his full face, neck, mouth, tongue as well as the back of his throat.
Although the first face transplant had been performed in 2010, this one has been labeled the most complex face transplant so far. The man is reportedly recovering just fine and goes back to the Barcelona hospital for regular check-ups.
2. Transplanting skull and scalp.
James Boyson from Texas has been diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma in 2006. Due to this aggressive form of cancer and the equally aggressive treatment he lost parts of his scalp and skull, leaving his brain in a vulnerable position. During the 15-hour-long surgery carried out at the Houston Methodist Hospital he also received a new pancreas and kidney.
The surgery was a great success: “I’m amazed at how great I feel and am forever grateful that I have another chance to get back to doing the things I love and be with the people I love.” Dr. Michael Klebuc, one of the leading surgeons, describes the surgery as a very complex one: “Imagine connecting blood vessels 1/16 of an inch under a microscope with tiny stitches about half the diameter of a human hair being done with tools that one would use to make a fine Swiss watch.”
3. Grafting a finger from stomach skin.
Wang Yongjun, a furniture builder from China, had lost a finger in a work accident. Now, normally that problem is solved by sewing the finger back onto the hand. Unfortunately, Mr. Yongjun’s finger had been completely pulverized and he really needed all of those ten fingers for his work.
Dr. Xuesong Huang then had the great idea to graft his finger to the skin of the stomach. What sounds and looks incredibly weird is called biomedical engineering and does actually work – it just takes some time.