I just graduated from first semester and I have already seen and exploratory abdominal procedure. It was the best experience of my life! So I was wondering, have any of you students been in on a procedure?
Jan 9, '12
My surgical introduction was a day spent in surgery while in med/surg. The first case was a man who was getting a heart transplant. When I arrived, in his heart was already out of his chest, and he was connected to the bypass machine. The surgery was amazing. His chest was open up and it looked like the cargo bay of the space shuttle--there was an empty cavity where everything should have been. Because this was a teaching hospital, the surgical suite had a viewing area--it consisted of a platform with one or two steps leading to it that raised the obsever higher than everyone else. I could easily see what was going on.
The next surgery was cosmetic procedure for a teen who had marfan syndrome with pectus cainatum--his chest looked as if he had an alien in it and it was about ready to break out. The doctor opened his chest and started removing the rib cartilage. I was amazed at how white they were and how the surgeon would just pop them off and they would go flying off the table, which seemed to me to be a hazard should someone step on a piece and slip/fall.
Both were amazing procedures and I never forgot them.
Last edit by LadyinScrubs on Jan 9, '12