10 Organs You Can Actually Live Without,Did you know there are 78 organs in the human body? Turns out some of them are just taking up space since we don’t actually need all of them. But which ones are vital and which ones can we live without? Can we live without part of our brain? We’ll answer those questions and more in today’s articles! Before we do don’t forget to subscribe to healthii and ring the notification bell, too. Help support healthii by reading article until the end. Just because you can live without these organs, doesn’t always mean you should. However here’s a list of organs that you could, sort of live without. The Gallbladder Sorry, gallbladder but you’re the first to go. The gallbladder is this small organ that’s sort of like a little pouch.
It’s kind of looks like a pear actually, and it’s in the upper-right section of your abdomen. It’s main gig is storing bile, which helps you break down fatty foods, like cheesy, delicious nachos or breakfast sandwiches. Basically the foods that taste really good. While the gallbladder may look small and innocent, it has a dark side. Have you ever heard of gallstones? If you’ve ever had them in your life you can probably attest to how much they can hurt! This is one of the main reasons someone may have their gallbladder removed.
Gallstones are these little hardened deposits that can develop, usually from poor diet and too much cholesterol but not always, and they can be very painful. They can go unnoticed for years before they start causing problems too which makes them even worse. Eventually though, someone will start to feel the effects as they can cause problems like inflammation, infection and again…PAIN. They can range in size and amount and will usually make someone feel ill, cause stomach pain, indigestion and all the things that go along with indigestion, dark urine and more. Getting an ultrasound is the most common way to discover if you have gallstones, and you may not need to have your gallbladder removed because of it, or you might not even need treatment if you’re not experiencing any pain or symptoms. The Kidney You already have one, who needs a second! People are usually born with two kidneys, but sometimes folks can only have one to begin with.
The kidney is shaped like…well…a kidney bean! They’re located under your ribs and they each sit on opposite sides of your body. The right kidney is just a touch lower than the left cause the liver is pushy and takes up space which is a little rude if you ask us. The kidneys are basically a filter that keeps your blood clean and clear, and gets rid of the things we don’t need and turns it into urine. You’ll often hear wonderful stories of family members donating kidneys to their loved ones who need them, since we can usually spare one.
In fact, a person can actually live without any kidneys at all, they would just have to undergo regular manual dialysis treatments to keep their blood properly filtered, but their life expectancy would be affected greatly. The Spleen Now keeping in the middle of the abdomen, we’ll scooch over to the left side towards your back and under the ribs where we find the blood recycling system known as the spleen. Let’s take a peek inside the spleen, where you’ll find two colours, dark red and spots of white. These correspond with red and white blood cells in our bodies. The spleen basically stores and recycles red and white blood cells or antibodies. The spleen is a bit troublesome as well because it’s not very well protected and can be injured pretty easily.
It’s basically wrapped in tissue paper which isn’t ideal, we all know how easily tissue paper rips right? If it does get damaged, since there’s so much blood traveling through the spleen at one time, a large amount can leak out and can cause some serious issues or even death if the spleen is ruptured, which is why it’s quickly removed if damaged. If you get your spleen removed, you’ll probably be just fine since the liver also helps out with the recycling role of the red blood cells, too. The body will basically adapt and other tissues will take over. Appendix The appendix is another organ that you’ll be totally fine living without.
It’s a little pouch in the lower right side of your abdomen. In fact, doctors aren’t totally sure why we’re born with an appendix. Your appendix is sort or tube shaped and is another troublesome little organ that can become problematic if it becomes swollen or infected, otherwise known as appendicitis. This turns your appendix into a bomb waiting to burst and cause all sorts of problems in the belly. If you get your appendix removed, like many have you’ll be totally fine. Your Tonsils OK, let’s head to up to your neck now, open wide and there they are! These are another set of organs that’s pretty commonly removed, your tonsils. Tonsils are part of you lymphatic system which keeps you from getting sick. That’s why when you have a sore throat, your tonsils are usually enlarged and they’ll take on the defence role against any germs that shouldn’t be there. However, it’s said that tonsils sort of slack off and get lazy the older we get, and don’t defend us as well as when we were a kid, so getting them removed isn’t a huge loss and probably won’t have much of an impact on your life.
Reproductive Organs Alright let’s head south, to the reproductive organs in the body. When talking about women’s reproductive organs, they are often removed because of complications like cancer, pelvic pain, uterine fibroids and other reasons. It’s pretty common as about 1 in 3 women have had a hysterectomy by the age of 60. In men, it’s common to have testicles removed if cancer is detected. Again, a person can live a wonderful and happy life without these organs.
Stomach So now we’re getting into the organs that are pretty important but you can actually live without them. The stomach is one of these organs. Located in the middle of your body the stomach is responsible for helping you digest food, absorb important vitamins and nutrients and secretion. There’s one unbelievable story about a woman who drank liquid nitrogen that was in a cocktail and had to have her stomach removed because of complications. Yeesh, I’ve heard of a cold drink but that’s something else. Experts say that when the stomach is removed the gullet is attached directly to the small intestine and with a proper diet and vitamin supplements a person can live a normal life. One Lung Heading back up north to the chest, you’ll discover the human lungs. We are normally born with a set, so two each. Our lungs are responsible for allowing up to breathe and yes are vital organs, without them we wouldn’t survive. The human body is very resilient and did you know you can live with only one lung? Things like cancer and lung disease could be the cause of having a lung removed but in many stories about people living with only one lung the common theme isn’t that they can’t breathe very well, it’s just that they’ll need to slow down a bit when it comes to any strenuous activity like climbing a set of stairs or exercise.
Heart Valves Sometimes the cure for a broken heart is a sad love song and some ice cream. But that’s not exactly the type of broken heart we’re talking about today. We’re heading up to your ticker now, located in the chest, slightly to the left you’ll find your heart. Your heart is usually about the size of your fist and is responsible for pumping blood throughout our whole body.
This is definitely a vital organ, and though some might be called heartless, they’re not. We all need our hearts to function and live, however when you get complications parts of the heart can be removed, like the valves leading into the heart. When someone has a heart attack they may need to have a heart valve removed or replaced. Doctors can take either replace the valve with living tissue or put in an artificial one to repair any damage. Half Of Your Brain And as we travel up to the very top of your body, we reach the control centre…the brain. Now, let us just say you can’t live without a brain, this is another vital organ. As you’re aware of, there are complications that can occur with the brain that require surgery. Things like seizures, or a stroke can cause parts of the brain to malfunction. There is a surgery called a hemispherectomy that would see one side or “hemisphere” of the brain removed.
Researchers say that when this surgery is performed on children, they have a full chance of recovering since their brains are still developing. Once you reach adulthood though, the results will not be the same. The brain has already developed at this point and removing part of it will have some side effects like losing particular functions on the opposite side of the body. For example if the right side of the brain is removed in an adult, they will lose most of their abilities in the left side of their body. Again, if an adult were to have a large portion of their brain removed, they chances of survival are at risk, and they would likely not have a full recovery.
But can a person survive without part of their brain, in some cases, yes. Do you have all of your organs, or have you had one of these removed? Why not let us know of any other organs you could possibly live without in the comments section below. .