What organs can you live without?

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    The human body truly is an amazing thing. We have so many complex organs and systems, yet not all are necessary. Yes, the human body can survive without a complete and intact set of organs, muscles and tissues.

    Tonsils

    Just about every little kid knows that if you’re lucky enough to get your tonsils taken out then you get to eat all the ice cream you want. While the later might not be true, the former certainly is; tonsils are the most commonly removed part of the body. Tonsils attempt to protect their owner by catching any bacteria that might enter the body by entering the mouth. In doing so however, they commonly become infected and inflamed by the stuff they are protecting the body from. Today, we have medicine so we do not need these punching bags but before pharmaceuticals were a given, tonsils acted as a way to protect your more vulnerable and more important internal organs.

    Gallbladder

    The gallbladder is tucked in between and the liver and stomach:

    The gallbladder is a small organ found next to the liver and used to store bile from the liver. Gallbladders change size and shape depending on how much bile and other digestive fluids they are holding but are typically eight inches by four inches large when fully distended. There are a number of reasons why one might need their gallbladder removed which include bacterial or fungal infections, viruses, cancerous growths or other complications, all of which can be performed with minor surgery.

    Appendix

    Most people know that you can live without an appendix; a small pouch like organ that sits at the junction of the small and large intestines. Though the appendix is helpful in the digestive process, it is not crucial and is easily susceptible to infections, making them more of a danger than a benefit. Infected appendixes are removed to prevent complications and possible death; before appendectomies were so easy, death from appendicitis was common.

    One Kidney

    The kidney is responsible for filtering toxins out of the body:

    The Kidneys are a pair of organs responsible for filtering and producing urine as well as regulating several bodily fluids such as electrolytes. Due to their rather dangerous job of filtering the body’s fluids, kidneys are prone to infection and other complications. The kidney has been studied extensively in a field known as Nephrology. The first successful kidney removal took place in 1869 in Germany and since, patients have been living with one kidney and no major complications.

    One Lung

    Lungs are one of the most important and complex organs in our bodies; millions of specialized cells in each lung capture pure oxygen from the air we breathe to bind with air to allow our muscles to function while simultaneously expelling carbon dioxide, they are just amazing. But perhaps even more amazing is the fact that you can survive with just one of them! Entire lungs afflicted with infections or cancer can be removed in a process called a lobectomy. Patients can continue to live full and healthy lives following the procedure however they suffer adverse effects such as extreme shortness of breathe. 

    Parts of the Brain

    An “Ice Pick Lobotomy” being performed where part of the brain is removed via the eye:

    Believe it or not, as important as our brains are to everything we do, you don’t need very much of it. Through a procedure known as a Lobotomy, patients can have any one of a handful of sections of their brains removed without major impacts on their normal lives. Lobotomies were commonly practiced in the early twentieth century for a number of reasons before the full effects of the procedures were known. Today, lobotomies can be used to treat anything from schizophrenia to phantom limb disorder.

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