They're stocking candy canes at the grocery store, and our local Bed Bath & Beyond's got plush singing rabbis (I'm not making this up), so that must mean the holidays are near. Gearing up for the holiday season before Thanksgiving fills me with disgust, but being the gut-monger I am, I suppose I must jump aboard the holiday retail bandwagon and remind you to check out our Gutsy Gift Guide. It'll tell you what to buy if your best friend is getting a mammogram, or just the thing for your diabetic brother. There's even a sebaceous gland lapel pin for that diligent cosmotologist who got rid of all those zits for ya. Our handy list will help you find just what the doctor ordered for that marvelous nurse, amazing pediatrician, or that special medical student in your life. So take two lapel pins and call us in the morning.
American Heart Association. American Liver Foundation. American Lung Association. Think of an organ, and most of the time you can think of a non-profit that lives and breathes for a particular organ. But what about the organs we can live without? There is no American Spleen Foundation because most of the time they cut that thing out and toss it in the incinerator as you move into life without this import, yet inessential immune system pal. So we think it's high time to celebrate the organs you can live without -- the gallbladder, spleen and appendix -- with their own non-profit. We are proud to introduce the Organization for Organs With No Organization (OOWNO) to celebrate those guts that are gone but not forgotten (actually, these is a Gallbladder Cancer organization). Share you story of your lost appendix with us!
You can count on us to keep current with the newest in gallbladder removal techniques; we are, after all, crazy about gallbladders! The newest approach to gallbladder removal uses a robot to cut a tiny cut (2.5 cm) in the bellybutton. It only takes a few hours to recover enough to go back to work (both a good and bad thing, we guess). For those of you who aren't squeamish, here is a great photo of a gallbladder being removed through the belly button! Happy cholecystectomies!