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What did you get to observe? I am afraid of knee replacements as they seem really bloody and barbaric, but I'm thinking that is probably what I'll get. What did you see?
For knee replacements, you'll hear (see) hammers, drills, and saws.
One way to help ease yourself is first, remind yourself why
the pt. is getting this done. They were in pain, problems with joint movement, which somemwhat compromised their quality of life.
Next, maybe ask the person giving the anesthesia what all medications the pt. will be receiving before, during and after. This will help ease your mind a little.
We have one surgeon who gives a copy of his pre-printed (unsigned, with the word VOID written across it) post-op orders to the student, to help with their paperwork.
And of course, when you get in the room, look for a chair, so you'll knkow where it is, just in case you need to have a seat.