13 Must-See YouTube Videos of Actual Surgeries Being Performed

Anyone who has a fascination with how the body works might be mesmerized by the videos of actual surgeries on YouTube. Well-known surgeons and their technicians offer a view into a world that once was reserved for the surgeon’s eyes alone. Now, patients can learn more about upcoming surgeries through educational videos that offer insight into actual procedures. Medical students also can benefit from these 13 must-see videos of actual surgeries.

The following list is compiled in alphabetical order by title, and includes a wide variety of surgeries from cosmetic procedures to life-saving brain surgery.

  1. Neck SurgeryActual Neck Liposuction Procedure: Dr. Salzman, a top Louisville, Kentucky cosmetic surgeon, demonstrates a neck liposuction from beginning to end. Dr. Salzman is an assistant professor of plastic surgery at the University of Louisville, president of the Kentucky Society of Plastic Surgeons (2008), originator of the Ageless Minilift™ and Liteshape™ procedures and inventor of the patent pending Ouchless Needle™.
  2. Beating HeartBeating Heart Surgery: Beating heart or “off pump” coronary artery surgery is the latest revolution in managing coronary disease. Increasing numbers of surgeons worldwide are embracing the subtle, yet reduced, mortality rate offered by this technique. A cardiac stabilizer is mandatory for this surgery, but most are single-use only and very expensive; the one shown in this video is multiple use and is saving many healthcare dollars.
  3. Brain SurgeryBest Hospitals — Brain Surgery at Johns Hopkins: Dr. Benjamin Carson performs risky brain surgery on young Payton to remove a brain tumor. Dr. Carson, director of pediatric neurosurgery, is just one of the many reasons why Johns Hopkins Children’s Center was recently ranked #1 in neurology and neurosurgery in America’s Best Children’s Hospitals 2008.
  4. Gastric BypassGastric Bypass Surgery: Watch as Dr. Jawad performs a laparoscopic roux-en-y gastric bypass surgery, with audio commentary describing the procedure. Dr. Jawad, located in central Florida, has been performing bariatric surgery since 1984 and laparoscopic bariatric surgery since 1999. He has completed over 2000 bariatric surgical cases safely, and with great success.
  5. GERDGERD Surgery: Some surgical procedures are animated, as filming them may be difficult to accomplish. This 3D medical animation on GERD Surgery shows how the upper portion of the stomach is wrapped around the lower esophagus to strengthen the cardiac sphincter of the stomach. This helps prevent GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), or heartburn. Hiatal hernia repair is also depicted. This involves pulling a portion of the stomach that has protruded from the diaphragm back into place.
  6. HerniaHernia Repair Surgery: Watch an educational video account of actual hernia repair surgery with Dr. David Albin, as well as general hernia information and information on this hernia surgeon and his facility. Dr. Albin is the Medical Director for the Hernia Center of Southern California and the Pasadena Surgery Center, LLC. Hernia repair involves surgery to correct an abnormal bulging of internal organs, often the intestine, through a weakness in a muscular wall (hernia).
  7. SinusHow is Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Performed? Dr. Kevin Soh explains endoscopic sinus surgery using an example from a real case. Patients and medical personnel can view the different stages of the operation as seen during live surgery. Dr Soh has more than 23 years of experience in providing patients with ear, nose, throat and sinus care. He has also done many head, neck and thyroid surgeries as well as treating adults and children with snoring/sleep disorders.
  8. CataractModern Cataract Surgery: This is an example of small-incision cataract and intraocular lens implant surgery as viewed through the operating microscope. It uses a one-handed technique, which can be very helpful in certain cases, especially for “soft” cataracts. The recovery time for intraocular lens surgery is relatively short. In most circumstances, patients should return for a follow-up visit within 24 hours of receiving the intraocular lens implant.
  9. LASIKMy Lasik Eye Surgery: A patient uploaded a video of his successful Lasik eye surgery. The patient reported that he was age 26 at the time of the surgery, and that he did not experience halos, pain or complications. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) data show that, although approximately 12 million people have had Lasik in the past 10 years, only 140 complaints have been filed with the agency. The FDA is partnering with the National Eye Institute and and U.S. Department of Defense on a large, multi-site prospective study on patient satisfaction and quality of life after Lasik.
  10. Cervical DiscNew Cervical Disc Replacement: St. Vincents Spine & Brain Institutes Medical Director for Neurosurgery, Eric Gabriel, M.D., FACS, performed the first ProDisc Cervical Total Disc Replacement at St. Vincents Medical Center. Until now, the only alternative surgery was a spinal fusion, which involved fusing bones together by implanting bone grafts and metal plates and screws. This surgery took 60 minutes and was performed with a small incision in front of the neck to get to the unhealthy disc, then replacing that disc with an artificial disc that allows for continued range of motion.
  11. HemicolectomyRight Hemicolectomy Surgery: This video illustrates a right hemicolectomy (removal) of the colonic colon, including a resection and anstomosis, or connection of two structures, of the intestines. This is a surgical procedure to repair cancer treatment cecal new growth. The cecum is a pouch that lies on the right side of the abdomen.
  12. Carpal TunnelSee a live surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a very common condition that causes numbness and tingling in the hand. It is caused by compression of the median nerve in the carpal (wrist) tunnel. If gone untreated, it can cause serious hand weakness and potentially permanent numbness in the fingers and thumb. Watch this video as orthopaedic hand surgeon, Andrew E. Caputo, MD, performs a carpal tunnel release. Dr. Caputo practices hand surgery and orthopedic surgery in Hartford, Connecticut.
  13. Trigger FingerTrigger Finger Surgery: Dr Stephen Troum, a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), takes you through an actual surgery for trigger finger. Dr Troum describes the procedure as it is being performed and provides insight into the anatomy and causation of trigger finger — a condition that affects the tendons in fingers or thumbs that can limit finger movement.
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