Man yanks out two teeth with rusty pliers after he couldn’t book dentist appointment

A desperate man resorted to yanking two of his own teeth out after being unable to book a dentist appointment.

Chris Savage performed the self-dentistry in his bedroom because he could not register with a dentist or book an emergency appointment, saying it was the ‘most horrible thing I’ve ever done.’

The 42 year old said he had been in ‘agony’ for days, saying that just touching the tooth with his rusty pair of pliers set off waves of ‘agonising pain.’

The labourer admitted he had to get ‘very drunk’ by downing eight cans of Stella Artois to mask the pain before he pulled out the first tooth. He then waited another 24 hours to pull the second out – this time sober.

Chris said he was in ‘agony’ for days

Mr Savage, from Southsea in Portsmouth, said: “I ended up having to get very drunk the first time.

“Nobody wants to take part of their own face away with a set of pliers and no real painkillers.

“I put the pliers on my tooth and the second I did that it hurt.

“So I took them away, waited five minutes, built up again and then thought I’ve just got to do it.

Chris used a rusty set of pliers to take the teeth out

“It was a proper yank, a grip and pull – there’s no mucking about once you get to the point it’s started coming out.”

Mr Savage added that though there wasn’t much blood there was ‘enough to be scary’, and that it was ‘worth the risk of infection’.

The father of three didn’t register with an NHS dentist when he moved to Portsmouth from Alton, Hants, three years ago.

The teeth Chris pulled out himself

He lost his two front teeth in a bicycle crash last year, and when he began to experience pain recently he called around 20 dental practices, none of whom were taking on new patients.

He then phoned 111, who directed him to a practice that had volunteered to do triage appointments during the pandemic to help the NHS, but was referred back to 111 when he contacted them.

“It was like a massive game of pass the parcel”, he said.

Mr Savage signed up to receive Universal Credit during lockdown, leaving him with £50 a week for food and bills, meaning he was reluctant to spend the £100 per tooth it would have cost him to have them removed privately.

Chris lost his two front teeth in a bicycle crash last year

He said: “I could’ve waited a week – borrowed money, and had it done in hygienic conditions but there was no way I could’ve waited.

“Hygiene wasn’t going through my head, it was just ‘get this out’ – but the relief was worth it.

“The squelch noise as you pull

It’s OK for Physicians Not to Go by the Book

Some time ago, I performed a colonoscopy on a patient who was having serious internal bleeding. He had already received multiple transfusions since he was admitted to the hospital. After obtaining informed consent for the procedure, I performed the colon exam. I encountered blood throughout the entire colon, but saw no definite bleeding site, raising the possibility that the source of blood might be higher up than the colon, such as from the stomach.

I had not considered this possibility when I met the patient, but this was now plausible. Can I proceed with the upper scope test, to which the patient did not consent, while the patient is still sedated from the colon exam?

Seasoned gastroenterologists can usually predict the site of internal bleeding based on numerous medical facts, but there are times that we are surprised or misled. Patients don’t always behave according to the textbook presentations we learned.

At this point, which of the following options are most reasonable?

  • Do not scope the stomach now as the patient is still sedated from the colonoscopy and cannot give consent. Once the patient has awakened and recovered, discuss the new diagnostic hypothesis, and obtain informed consent to examine the stomach to look for a bleeding site.
  • Forge ahead with the stomach scope exam while the patient is still sedated. Assume informed consent and proceed.

I opted for the latter option. Ethically, I felt that I was on terra firma as the patient had already consented to a colon exam to evaluate the bleeding. It seemed absurd that he would have consented for a colonoscopy but withhold consent for a stomach exam that was now deemed essential to pursue the same diagnostic mission. Moreover, the patient had received multiple transfusions, so there was clearly a medical urgency to identify the bleeding site.

Assuming consent for a subsequent procedure that was not initially anticipated is rational and defensible if the test is clearly in parallel with the medical evaluation, and there is a medical exigency present. Presuming informed consent, however, is an exceptional event. Physicians are not permitted to go rogue.

The blood in the colon didn’t come from the colon, as I had wrongly suspected. It came from a duodenal ulcer just beyond the stomach, which I easily spotted with the stomach scope exam.

This patient didn’t go by the book. Sometimes, we physicians need to deviate from established policies also.

Michael Kirsch, MD, is a gastroenterologist who blogs at MD Whistleblower.

This post appeared on KevinMD.

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Qatar- Aspetar book provides a unique insight into the world of sports medicine

(MENAFN – Gulf Times) Aspetar, the leading orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital, announced the launching of Aspetar Sports Medicine Collection, a special edition book created by the Aspetar Sports Medicine Journal, Aspetar.
This unique two-volume book brings around 200 articles which were written by more than 300 authors and carefully selected by the Editor-in-Chief, Prof Dr Nebojsa Popovic, and his co-editors. Volume 1 focuses on topics in sports science, medicine of sport, and exercise & lifestyle medicine, whilst Volume 2 addresses subjects relevant to injuries of the upper and lower extremity.
With more than 1,400 pages, Aspetar Sports Medicine Collection aims to help its readers, whether they are medical professionals, coaches or students, improve their understanding of sports medicine to make better-informed decisions in assisting the athletes.
Through its new publication, Aspetar aims to appeal to a wide range of readers interested in the sports and medical fields and to build awareness, locally, regionally and internationally around its world-class facilities, cutting-edge technologies and break-through research. This helps to realise its mission of becoming a global leader in the fields of sports medicine, orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation.
Commenting on the publication, Khalid Ali al-Mawlawi, Chief Administrative Officer of Aspetar said: ‘This collection contributes to the Aspetar’s efforts of spreading knowledge amongst healthcare practitioners, students, and athletes locally and Globally. Several topics have been raised in this issue by publishing more than 200 scientific articles through the participation of the most prominent scientists and researchers from various parts of the world, in addition to sharing the experiences that the hospital has with the medical community, which aligns with Aspetar’s vision to be a leader in sports medicine in the region and around the world.
As a part of Aspetar’s commitment to free knowledge sharing, the book will not be available for sale. Instead, 1,000 hard copy will be gifted to authors, relevant institutions and distinguished individuals in Qatar and around the world. It will also be distributed to renowned organisations worldwide, such as: International Olympic Committee (IOC) and FIFA, and other sports federations and clubs.
Prof Dr Nebojsa Popovic said, ‘This Collection would not have been possible without so many enthusiastic individuals sharing their expertise, time and passion in supporting the multidisciplinary, global education, that benefits Qatar and the rest of the world. For that reason we have a moral obligation to announce in the coming weeks, the way in which this collection will be accessible, free of charge, to all those protecting the health of the athletes. All together we have to be ready for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar 2022.
Aspetar journal present a multidisciplinary approach to athlete care with topics including sports science, sports medicine, sports surgery, sports rehabilitation and sports radiology, written by international experts in their field.
Launched in April 2012, the Aspetar Sports Medicine Journal is a scientific magazine published by Aspetar hospital, where athletes are provided with the highest possible medical treatment for sports-related injuries in a state-of-the-art facility, staffed by some of the

Physician Prescribes a Life in Medicine; Marvin J. Stone, MD, MACP, FRCP writes book to inspire the next generation of doctors

DALLAS, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — “Martin Stone is a classical triple-threat medical academic: accomplished in biomedical research, expert in his clinical field, and revered teacher. He has written a book of immense value.”
Jeremiah A. Barondess, MD, William T. Foley Distinguished Professor in Clinical Medicine, Weill-Cornell Medical College

“No other profession is like medicine. The future of medicine is exciting,” says Marvin J. Stone, MD, MACP, FRCP of Dallas, Texas, chief emeritus, hematology and oncology at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, a professor of internal medicine at Texas A&M College of Medicine and clinical professor of humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. Advances in medical science are developing in dizzying speed. Despite the myriad challenges facing students and new doctors, it is reassuring to note that the number of applicants for medical schools in the United States remains high.

With the release of his book “When to Act and When to Refrain: A Lifetime of Learning the Science and Art of Medicine” (Revised and Updated, 2020). Dr. Stone draws from a lifetime of practicing medicine with a passion to inspire and convey to anyone interested in a medical career the excitement and fascination intrinsic to becoming and serving as a physician. He invites students, young doctors, experienced physicians, and lay persons with interest in medical science and health care to an eye-opening look inside his journey through the last half-century in medicine: becoming a physician, acquiring intense training in patient care and research, and teaching at all levels.

A warm and engaging autobiography, Stone says, “Looking back over my career, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to teach, do research, and care for patients while continuing to learn the science and art of medicine. To see your students excel, to perform an experiment that yields new scientific knowledge, and especially to help some seriously ill patients recover so they can see their children and grandchildren grow up––what more could one ask?”

As we turn towards the future and our goals for 2050, he emphasizes the importance of maintaining core values. He says, “We must always bear in mind the three pillars of medicine: Competence, Caring, and Compassion. Further adding, “These core values in medicine and science are crucial to fulfilling our goals: to cure sometimes, to relieve often, and to comfort always.”

The late Jimmie Holland, Founding Chief of Psychiatry, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center was right when she said “that the doctor-patient relationship will continue, although perhaps in an altered fashion.” What will not be altered is the need for physicians to relieve suffering and embrace healing, competence, empathy, and compassion. Dr. Stone concludes by appealing to time-honored ideas and principle and says, “Focusing on these pillars of our profession will help us decide ‘when to act and when to refrain’.”

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Marvin J. Stone received his MD with Honors from the University of