The incident, which was evidently an act of self harm, has been described by doctors as a world first.
The 31,000-year-old skeleton is believed to be the earliest known evidence of surgical intervention.
Unable or unwilling to get it done professionally, one Brazilian man decided to take matters into his own hands.
A woman from Australia who underwent tonsil surgery woke up to find that her accent had completely changed.
A man who experienced difficulty swallowing after surgery was found to have inhaled his own false teeth.
Surgeons managed to accidentally set a man's chest cavity on fire during an operation in Australia.
Two controversial surgeons aiming to transplant a human head have reported spinal surgery success in animals.
For the first time ever, a method known as 'chemical surgery' has been used to fix a faulty human gene.
Hypnosis has been found to be a viable alternative to anesthesia for patients undergoing brain surgery.
26-year-old Yamini Karanam had been undergoing neural surgery when her unborn twin was discovered.
Arthur Lampitt discovered that the bizarre object had been embedded in his left arm for over 51 years.
Could a patient who awakens during surgery later believe that they had been abducted by aliens ?
A woman who underwent a brain operation is now believed to possess a heightened sense of empathy.
A rare medical condition saw a 17-year-old develop large numbers of teeth around a benign tumor.
Huang Rongming has undergone surgery to address a very rare case of congenital heart displacement.
A new trend in Japan is seeing people having surgery done on their palms to influence their reading.
A 63-year-old man made headlines this week by trying to fix his own hernia using a butter knife.
Best-selling author Zhang Yiyi is to have plastic surgery in order to look like William Shakespeare.
A new craze is seeing fans of Middle Earth having their ears sculpted to look like an elf.
A woman who lost control of her left hand after surgery to cure her epilespy shares her story.