What I’ve Learnt this Week 3.0

There’s been a lot going on over the last few weeks, so this will be a short one I’m afraid.

Vaginal vs Laparoscopic vs Abdominal Hysterectomy

When a patient undergoes a vaginal hyst, a small incision is made at the top of vagina allowing the uterus to be pulled through and removed. Alternatively, the lap version involves removing the uterus through small port sites in the abdomen. The final option is for a larger incision to be made in the abdomen for removal.
The type of surgery a patient has can depend on a number of factors, including the reason for removal (for cancer diagnoses, the surgeon may want to removal the uterus intact to prevent metastasis), healing time, age of patient, comorbidities, previous surgical procedures, childbirth/cesarians and size of the uterus.

Vasculitis

This is inflammation of the blood vessels around the body and can include arteries, veins and capillaries. There are numerous sub-types of vasculitis, but most are associated with immune system activation following infection.

Endocarditis

Inflammation of the endocardium which comprises the lining of the hearts chambers and valves.

Foreign bodies

This is the term given to objects that are placed or found inside the body that should not be there.

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