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Hello there ! Recently, I saw a video about heart transplant and you might have seen it too. And I've always wondered : How do they manage to get pass the ribs ? Do they cut/break it ? Sorry if my question is dumb, answer may be obvious but... I'm kinda lost.. (Sorry if my English's not correct... Not my primary language. Greetings from France though :) ) — Asked by liunare

This is a costotome! It has two lever-action jaws: one jaw grasps the rib, while the other cuts it!

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This is used to cut the cartilage between the ribs and sternum.  This is often used in lung surgery.

For open-heart surgery, a sternal saw is more often used.

The sternum (breastbone) is split using this saw in order to access the full thoracic cavity, after which the lungs and ribs are retracted, and the surgery is performed. The sternum is then re-joined.

For anyone who hasn’t seen a heart transplant (which also usually splits the sternum), it’s viewable at this link.

Obviously, not for the squeamish.

So you need to amputate a foot…

Atlas and Epitome of Operative Surgery. Dr. Otto Zuckerkandi, 1902.

"Straight serrated & varied scalpels, for use with head, hard [surfaces], and abrasions"
Armamentarium chirurgicum. Ioannis Sculteti [Johannes Schultes], 1655.

"Straight serrated & varied scalpels, for use with head, hard [surfaces], and abrasions"

Armamentarium chirurgicum. Ioannis Sculteti [Johannes Schultes], 1655.

Demonstrating the ways to remove the breast, including scalpel, rope-saw, and cauterization iron. Also showing the ways to support/correct hernias in the male.
Have cancer? Have growths? Yeahhh pretty much anything other than tumors on the skin surface, you’d just have the entire body part cut off. Later on, excision of various bone sections was quite common, so instead of having, say, your lower leg cut off because of bone cancer or the like, you could just have the portion that was malignant cut out, and have the rest of the bone left in there. And after that, you would only need a platform shoe, instead of an entire prosthetic leg.

Demonstrating the ways to remove the breast, including scalpel, rope-saw, and cauterization iron. Also showing the ways to support/correct hernias in the male.

Have cancer? Have growths? Yeahhh pretty much anything other than tumors on the skin surface, you’d just have the entire body part cut off. Later on, excision of various bone sections was quite common, so instead of having, say, your lower leg cut off because of bone cancer or the like, you could just have the portion that was malignant cut out, and have the rest of the bone left in there. And after that, you would only need a platform shoe, instead of an entire prosthetic leg.

An amputation kit from the 1870s, was labelled from the Civil War, but that was over in 1865. 

An amputation kit from the 1870s, was labelled from the Civil War, but that was over in 1865.