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   Undertoad  Friday Aug 26 09:42 AM

8/26/2005: Tortoise gets fiberglass replacement belly



This tortoise is named Cactus, 40 years old, living at the San Francisco zoo. Ten years ago it was discovered that he had bladder stones; last year, he was doing poorly, and an xray showed that the stones finally had to be removed.

They removed one stone the size of a baseball, and three the size of golf balls. Those stones took up a pound of the guy's ten pounds of weight. And there's how they patched him up afterwards.

full story



LabRat  Friday Aug 26 09:51 AM

Imagine 10% of your weight in stones...YIKES. Hope he does OK. I'll have to look up how one gets bladder stones. Ech.

Bladder stones are hard buildups of mineral that form in the urinary bladder.

Bladder stones are usually the result of another urologic problem such as urinary tract infection, bladder diverticulum, neurogenic bladder, or an enlarged prostate. Approximately 95% of all bladder stones occur in men. Stones originating in the bladder are much less common than kidney stones.

Bladder stones may occur when urine in the bladder is concentrated and materials crystallize. The patient feels symptoms when the lining of the bladder is irritated by the stone or when the stone obstructs the flow of urine from the bladder.


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xoxoxoBruce  Friday Aug 26 10:25 AM

Quote:
On Monday, Cactus was out of the hospital and back on the floor in the Herpetology Room of the Animal Resource Center, living amid hay and grasses. Desert tortoises Mojave and Helga also occupy the space, in separate but equal enclosures.
Separate but equal......Hmmm, that's an interesting idea.
Maybe that could be applied to people that are different.


Hobbs  Friday Aug 26 10:26 AM

Geez, wouldn't that be great. doctors open you up, take out your appendix, then patch you up with a good dose of Bondo.



BigV  Friday Aug 26 01:03 PM

I like how the blonde spokes-model in the photo dyed her hair to complement the tortise.



Queen of the Ryche  Friday Aug 26 01:34 PM

I'm digging the doc's expression, holding the chunk of crystallized urine..........
"I wonder how much I can get for this on Ebay..."



Trilby  Friday Aug 26 02:13 PM

I'll bet he feels soooooooo much better!



capnhowdy  Friday Aug 26 06:29 PM

this is a quantum leap from " fiberglass underwear". Glad He's doing better. Hope he doesn't react to fiberglass the way capnhowdy does. Makes me glad I have skin.



Saknussem  Friday Aug 26 08:09 PM

I can see that little guy at Turtle School Show and Tell--

This is my fiverglass stomach, and this is my pancreas, and this is my gall bladder, oh wait, I don't have one of those anymore. . .



Saknussem  Friday Aug 26 08:10 PM

I can see that little guy at Turtle School Show and Tell--

This is my fiberglass stomach, and this is my pancreas, and this is my gall bladder, oh wait, I don't have one of those anymore. . .



Perry Winkle  Friday Aug 26 08:42 PM

There's a great description of how they are removed in humans in one of the Baroque Cycle books. I can't remember which book but it is satisfyingly detailed.



wolf  Saturday Aug 27 01:17 AM

The turtle had a somewhat different procedure. Urinary bladder, not gall.

I don't know if I want to read a detailed description of gall bladder surgery. I mean, I've had it done, and did research it beforehand, as well as having seem my secretary's videotape of her surgery. But sometimes well-written descriptions are so much more vivid. And icky.



Perry Winkle  Saturday Aug 27 03:52 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolf
The turtle had a somewhat different procedure. Urinary bladder, not gall.

I don't know if I want to read a detailed description of gall bladder surgery. I mean, I've had it done, and did research it beforehand, as well as having seem my secretary's videotape of her surgery. But sometimes well-written descriptions are so much more vivid. And icky.
Hmm, I thought the procedure described by Neal Stephenson was a urinary bladder stone removal operation. The stone he describes obstructs the ureters. I believe Hooke makes his incision through the grundle/taint, I'm not sure what the medical term is. I don't know any a&p so I just kind of have to jump to conclusions.


wolf  Saturday Aug 27 11:14 AM

I haven't read the book and the most recent mention of surgery was gall bladder.

Without any further description, I think the stone you're talking about is probably kidney, if it's blocking the ureter.



BigV  Sunday Aug 28 12:39 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by grant
--- grundle/taint, I'm not sure what the medical term is.---
perineum
a google image search is visually instructive, but likely nsfw.


bargalunan  Sunday Aug 28 02:39 PM

No at all !
It's a race tortoise that was winning too easily and ned handicap !



Leah  Sunday Aug 28 06:49 PM

What a lucky little guy he is.



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