Created By: Stormtroper on August 28, 2009
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Alternate title: Noodle Surgery, but that's stretching things a little bit.

Surgeries are dangerous and delicate things and there's a reason brain surgeons get their genius reputation as they have to spend hours carefully maneuvering their tools and any mistake can cost their patient's life.

Naturally, expect this aspect of medicine to be thrown away in the name of comedy: the nurse will give the surgeon a hammer and he'll immediately proceed to whack away violently, then an axe and proceed to hack away, then a drill, then a chainsaw, then Noodle Implements, then...

Don't expect to see what's going on with the patient during the operation or an explanation on why piercing his head is going to help with his Hiccup Hijinks, but he'll step away from the operation room completely healthy and his medical problem will be gone, or at least not horribly mutilated.

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My memory sucks, So Yeah.
Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • August 28, 2009
    Fanra
    Just to add some Real Life examples to this trope:

    • Brain surgery involves drilling a hole in someone's head. The drill is pretty much the same as the one you use at home, just a little more fancy. At least it looks and acts mostly the same.

    • Amputating limbs is done with electric saw. It also looks and acts a lot like a regular hand tool.

    This Troper watched as a TV program showed a hip replacement and the surgeon seemed to be rather rough with the body. The part that sticks in my mind was when he put the new hip into place and then grabbed her leg and twisted it around in the air at every angle. He was testing to make sure the new hip would stay in the socket. Still, in your mind you could hear the muscles ripping and know the physical therapy needed after the operation would be long and painful.
  • August 28, 2009
    random surfer
  • August 28, 2009
    Oonerspism
    Literature
    • Standard medical practice in Discworld's Ankh-Morpork is hitting the patient over the head with a hammer. The only real doctor in the city is seen as crazy.

    Board Games
    • The board game Operation, naturally.
  • August 28, 2009
    Josh the Aspie
    Suggestion for an alternate title: Meatballs Surgery

    This is the name for surgury performed in the field where there is no time for the nicities of normaly medicine. Often practiced on the battlefield.
  • August 28, 2009
    Fanra
    Suggestion for an alternate title: Meatballs Surgery

    I believe it is Meatball Surgery, no "s" after Meatball.
  • August 28, 2009
    random surfer
    MASH was built out of Meatball Surgury.
  • August 28, 2009
    Madrugada
    No to Meatball Surgery. That's quick in-and-out as fast as possible surgery, but it's not comedic. This is purely comedy.
  • August 28, 2009
    jason taylor
    Real Life : Military surgery through much of history.
  • August 29, 2009
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
  • August 29, 2009
    Bisected8
    In Afro Samurai, when Jinno is turned into a cyborg. This might qualify as Black Comedy, or the catoonish nature of the scene might make it worse.
  • August 29, 2009
    Ryusui
    If not Meatball Surgery, then why not Meatgrinder Surgery?
  • August 29, 2009
    Josh the Aspie
    Yes, the "meatballs" plural was just a typo.

    Jason: So if I catch your dirft, you are saying it's less MASH, and more Inspector Gadget live action movie.
  • December 12, 2009
    Stormtroper
    Bump.
  • December 13, 2009
    Camacan
  • December 13, 2009
    Chabal 2
    A few prehistoric skulls have been found that show signs of having been opened with primitive implements ("to let out the evil spirits" is a popular explanation)... but also show signs of having healed.
  • December 13, 2009
    Aminatep
    Chabal 2, at least aztecs and chinese removed brain parasites.
  • December 15, 2009
    Stormtroper
    Yet another bump. I'm launching this today.
  • December 15, 2009
    Stormtroper
    Any more examples?
  • December 16, 2009
    Stormtroper
    Alright, I really gonna launch this today, any more examples to get wicks from?
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