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Surgery 101

Welcome to Surgery 101, a series of podcasts produced with the help of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. The podcasts are intended to serve as brief introductions or reviews of surgical topics for medical students. We've aimed to cover a single topic in between 10-20 minutes so that you can quickly get a good idea of the basic concepts involved. Every episode is divided into chapters and concludes with several key points to summarize the topic. We are always keen to receive your feedback on our podcasts, and we are accepting suggestions for additional topics. New episodes are published every Wednesday. 'Surgery 101' was created by Dr Parveen Boora and Dr Jonathan White, and is supported by the Department of Surgery at the University of Alberta. Our 2010 series of podcasts are brought to you by the Undergrad Surgery Mobile Podcasting Studio Team which is: Jonathan, Jenni, Shannon, Kat, Karee and Tracy, with the assistance of the surgeons of Edmonton. Note to experts: please note that these podcasts are only intended as brief introductions for medical students - we cannot delve into the more complex nuances of advanced surgery in a 10-minute podcast. We encourage all listeners to supplement their learning by seeing patients, assisting at surgeries and reading widely!
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Jun 28, 2017

In this podcast, Dr. Andrew Nataraj, a Neurosurgeon at the University of Alberta will describe an approach to the diagnosis and management of spinal tumors. After listening to this podcast you will be able to:

  • Use clinical features and severity of back pain to differentiate between back pain and degenerative disease and that of a tumor.
  • Consider investigations, including when and how each test would be considered.
  • Discuss the indications for surgery or radiation therapy.
  • Understand the differences between metatastic tumors and primary tumors, and why it is important to comprehend.
Jun 21, 2017

In today’s Podcast, Dr. Tejas Sankar, Neurosurgeon at the University of Alberta, is going to discuss one of the most important topics in neurosurgery, adult brain tumors.

After listening to this podcast you will be able to:

  • Discuss the typical signs and symptoms that we see in patients suffering from brain tumors. These are important because they are often shared in common with other neurological conditions, and recognizing them promptly can lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment.
  • Understand how to confirm the diagnosis of a brain tumor.
  • Talk about a general approach to classifying brain tumors. This is important in helping to sort through the very large number of different brain tumor types.
  • Broadly discuss how adult brain tumors are treated, and what some of the expected outcomes are.
Jun 14, 2017

In this episode, University of Alberta Neurosurgeon, Dr. Andrew Nataraj, will review the clinical presentation and approach to management of acute disc herniations in the spine.

After listening to this podcast you will be able to:

  • Know the importance of managing an acute disc prolapse
  • Discuss the basic approach to acute disc prolapse, including imaging and referral to surgery
  • Explain the differential diagnosis of the abrupt onset of a Neurological Deficit
  • Describe what Cauda equina syndrome is and how common it occurs
  • Understand management of Cauda equina syndrome
  • Describe differential diagnosis for acute neurological syndromes
  • Review lateral disc herniations
Jun 7, 2017

In this episode, Dr. Michael Chow, a Neurosurgeon at the University of Alberta discusses severe head injuries. Head injury is an important cause of morbidity and mortality and represents roughly 9% of all trauma admissions in Canada.  Roughly 8% of all head injury admissions will go on to die.  In this podcast,

After listening to this episode, learners should be able to:

  • Review the classification of a head injury
  • Discuss the presentation
  • Identify causes of head injuries
  • Understand management of head injuries
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