The patient now lies on the table, anesthetized and ready for your knife. Before you scrub, carefully examine the relaxed abdomen. Now, you can feel things, which were impossible to feel in the tense and tender belly. You may feel a distended gallbladder in a patient diagnosed as an acute appendicitis, or an appendiceal mass in a patient booked for a cholecystectomy. Yes, this may also occur in days of ultrasound and CT. As a pilot prior the flight, go over the list: antibiotics given? Subcut heparin injected? Is the patient correctly positioned? Now you can go and scrub! You are the Captain of the ship — behave as one: the scene of a surgeon who directly enters the room with his scrubbed hands high in the air is pitiful.


Acute Appendicitis Midline Incision Transverse Incision Subcostal Incision Short Incision 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Moshe Schein
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  1. 1.Cornell University Medical CollegeUSA
  2. 2.New York Methodist HospitalBrooklynUSA

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