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[livejournal.com profile] columbina  is confused about the class business, and if he is, I figure somebody else is too, so let me clarify. I'm now taking two, count 'em, two classes:
1. Medical Terminology - I'm about halfway through this one.
2. Anatomy - I'm just starting this one.

They're both online, and there's a lot of overlap between the two, which is good - not only because it makes it easier, but because there's a heck of a lot of new material (to me, anyway) contained therein, so by the time I go over a lot of it twice I'm more likely to actually remember it.

Col and I also spent a bunch of WoW time, between fights, geeking out over vocabulary. Here's one bit I've been having trouble with that I was telling him about, and I'll repeat it all again because the more times I repeat it the more likely I am to remember it, and there are still a couple of these that I tend to forget. Some you'll know, some you probably won't unless you have a background in this stuff.

Suffixes for surgery:
-centesis - puncture, tap (like amniocentesis)
-desis - binding, fusion
-ectomy - excision, surgical removal
-pexy - surgical fixation
-plasty - reconstruction, plastic repair
-rhaphy - surgical repair, suture
-stomy - surgical creation of an opening (colostomy is probably the most common)
-tome - instrument for cutting (incising)
-tomy - incision
-tripsy - crushing (as in a gallstone; lithotripsy is a general term for crushing of a stone)

(Maybe later I'll tell you about the intestines. Right now I'm not in the mood for the ick factor of that one.)

Date: 2009-03-29 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mmancuso.livejournal.com
Cool. I have linguapexy.

Date: 2009-03-29 08:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anjea.livejournal.com
Maybe it would help to come up with a common, well-known procedure to help remember them? Like you did with amniocentesis. Here are some others:

appendECTOMY - appendix removal
rhinoplasty - nose job
tracheoSTOMY - creating of an artificial airway ) (and the stoma is the hole itself once the trach is removed)
cystoTOMY - surgery that cuts into the bladder to remove things, like stones

Date: 2009-03-30 08:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mellificent.livejournal.com
You got a good example for "pexy" or "desis" - or "rhaphy"? - those less common ones are the ones I'm really having trouble with, although I've been having a bit of trouble with the difference between stomy, tomy and ectomy at various times, also!
Edited Date: 2009-03-30 08:21 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-03-30 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anjea.livejournal.com
mammopexy - resuspending saggy boobs :D

arteriorrhaphy - suture of an artery
perineorrhaphy - suture of the perineum (done after an episiotomy)

pleurodesis - binding the lung tissue to eliminate pleural space in the prevention of recurrence of penumothorax


Hmmm...ecto (removal of) like ectoplasm in Ghostbusters? Get rid of the green stuff? :D

Stomy - surgical creation of an opening (episiotomy to facilitate childbirth)

Tomy - cutting into; lobotomy (cutting the nerves of the brain for the prevention of seizures, e.g.)

Date: 2009-03-31 07:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mellificent.livejournal.com
Ooh, that's a piece of information I was wondering about - just why you would want to fuse the pleura. Thanks for the other ones, too! (You may be the only person on my FL that knows anything about this stuff!)

Date: 2009-04-01 03:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anjea.livejournal.com
Possibly! Don't know most of the folks on your flist, though. :D There are advantages to working in an acute care hospital!

Date: 2009-04-01 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mellificent.livejournal.com
The bulk of my friendslist is people from the Usual Suspects board, because I've been posting there for years. They tend to lean a bit toward the geeky!

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