6 Surgeries You Would Never Believe Surgeons Do

1. Neurotransmitter for cluster headaches

Developed by Dr. Ali Rezai for people who experience cluster headaches. A condition with no known cure. The neurotransmitter device micro stimulates the bundle of nerves believed to be the source of these headaches relieving the cluster headaches. These procedures are preformed by Oral Surgeons.

2. Hot Chemo Bath or Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)

Developed by Dr. Paul Sugarbaker for patients suffering from aggressive forms of appendix or colon cancer that has metastasized into their abdominal cavity. The hot chemo bath is a way to attack cancer cells that cannot be seen and is without the side effects commonly associated with IV chemo therapy treatment. This procedures preformed by a surgical oncologist.

3. Big Toe-to-Thumb Transplant

Developed by plastic surgeon Dr. Harry Buncke in 1966. Now preformed by hand surgeons for the restoration of full hand function when a patient loses their thumb in an accident or other trauma.

4. Sacral Nerve Stimulation for Pediatric Incontinence

Developed by Drs. Richard Schmidt and Emil Tanagho to increase the quality of life for children plagued with incontinence.  The procedure involves placing an implant near the sacral nerve in the pelvis that controls the muscles involved in urinating and bowel movements. These implants make it possible for the children to reduce or stop taking incontinence medications and take part in regular activities with out the fear of having an accident. This procedure is preformed by a Pediatric Urologist.

5. Van Nes Rotationplasty

Developed by Drs. Rainer Kotz and Martin Saltzer in the 1970s, a rotationplasty is preformed in patients with bone cancer present in their thigh or knee. It’s goal is to prevent the complete amputation of the leg and instead reconstruct the thigh and knee it using the patients calf, ankle and foot. Preformed by a Musculoskeletal Oncologist, the procedure actually helps decrease the amount of energy needed to walk allowing the patient to do more things and be more functional.

6. Neurobridge Technology

Developed by Battelle researchers, this procedure is for patients who experience spinal cord injury that then causes them to lose motor function in their hands, arms and fingers and become paralyzed. A neurobridge allows the patient’s brain signals to bypass the damaged spinal cord or nerves and communicate directly with the muscles enabling them to move again. This procedure is preformed by a Neurosurgeon.