Unit 8

Topics: Knee, Medicine, Surgery Pages: 5 (861 words) Published: February 3, 2013
Below you will find two medical scenarios to read. Please identify 15 medical terms that would be unfamiliar to a layman or non-medical person.

For each identified term:

a.Identify the prefix, suffix and word root where appropriate. b.Please provide a plural or singular form for the selected medical terms, if the term changes form. Example:
•Stomach: no additional information needed
•Analysis: supply “analyses” the plural format
•Appendectomies: supply “appendectomy” the singular format c.Provide both a technical definition, as if you were speaking to a health care professional and a “consumer” definition, as if you were speaking to a patient or nonmedical person. Example: cardiology:

•to a health care professional: cardiology is the study of the cardiac system, including…… (and you would supply appropriate info here). •to a patient: you are having some problems with your heart muscle and we would like to perform some tests to find out exactly what is going on. d.For each term, use the word root to build two related terms. Example: cardiology: word root is “card/

In Section II:

Prepare a 500-word or longer "script" for a health care professional to use when explaining to the patient his condition and the proposed procedures.


Admit Date: 7/8/20XX @ 20:22

Discharge Date/Time: 7/9/20XX @ 10:10

Sex: M Age: 47 Disposition: Home

Admitting Diagnosis: Possible torn meniscus of the left knee.

Discharge Diagnosis: Left Knee meniscectomy.

Procedures: Laparoscopic Surgery to the Left Knee.


Date of Consultation: 7/8/20XX

This is a 47-year old male who was in his usual state of health until today. He entered the Emergency Room with severe pain to his left knee and equal amount of edema within the patellar area. This occurred after the patient fell at an angle on the left knee during a game of football with friends. The patient was evaluated with L-Knee Radiograph and Magnetic Radiograph Imaging (MRI) for soft-tissue films. The L-Knee X-Ray revealed no fractures to the Femur, Patella, Tibia, or Fibula. The MRI revealed a large tear surrounding the meniscus of the left knee. The patient was treated with a left knee splint and crutches with a prescription for Mobic 15mg daily and Tramadol/APAP 37.5 mg every 4-6 hours for pain. The patient was referred to Orthopedics for surgical repair. He has no past history of tobacco abuse, previous fractures, or surgeries.

Past Medical History:

Allergies: No known drug allergies.

Medications: None.

Surgeries: None.

Medical History: History of Chronic Otitis Externa

Family History: Noncontributory.

Review of Systems: No medical abnormalities.

Physical Examination:

Vital Signs: BP 130/80, P 92, T 98.5


This is a well-developed and well-nourished anxious black male in mild distress. Head and neck are normocephalic and the oropharynx is clear. The left knee shows 5+ edema and patient is unable to bend at knee joint connection. The patient’s left leg is not weight bearing and the pain level continues to be a 6 to 7 on the pain scale. The patient is using crutches and wheelchair for mobility. All other musculoskeletal joints are with free range of motion. Neurologic with no focal deficits.


Inpatient laparoscopic surgery for total left knee meniscectomy. Local anesthetic total block of the patellar region.


Date of Procedure: 7/8/20XX

Procedure: Laparoscopic Meniscectomy of Left Knee

Preoperative Medication: Demerol 50 mg IV, Robinal 3 mg IV, Xylocaine with 1% Epinephrine

Preoperative Diagnosis:

1.Total Left Knee Meniscus Tear.
Postoperative Diagnosis: Status-post foreign body removal.

Clinical Note: This is a 47-year-old black male with a total meniscus tear of the left knee caused by a causal game of tag football. The patient felt a pop after falling on the left knee...
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