What's the coolest operation you've watched?? - page 2

Mine was a C-section, in the Army. Wsn't in nursing school, and at the time didn't know I would be 'ordered' into later by the Army? Slice, slice, slice- hand in, out comes a baby, in like a minute?... Read More

  1. Visit  lilsnfrn profile page
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    A CABG.
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  3. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    I only saw a hysterectomy in school. Since school I think a valve replacement was fascinating. I have done internal massage and held a heart. Been [resent/assisted with cracking a chest on post open hearts and traumas.

    The most interesting, however, was the harvesting of organs from the donor and watching the team......how and why they did everything.
  4. Visit  Fuzzy profile page
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    I assisted in a PDA ligation on a 3.5# chihuahua mix puppy. PDA surgeries are not commonly done in small general practices like the one I work in. It was amazing to watch the changes in vitals signs on the monitors during the procedure.

    Fuzzy
  5. Visit  CloudySue profile page
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    During my clinicals, I watched a breast reconstruction created from an oval-shaped piece of skin and fat taken from extra abdomen. So the woman got a bonus tummy tuck with her new breast! They cut away the pot-belly while keeping it vasculated, then it was tunneled up under the skin and fat (cut away from the underlying muscle) up through a surgical cut at the breast area, and before I knew it, this lady had a nice, believable breast, with her original nipple which had been left from her mastectomy. Coolest thing I ever saw. Her belly button was moved too. The added bonus was, the surgeon and all the staff were female, and and the casual girl-talk and friendly rapport in the OR was more remeniscent of a pajama party rather than a professional setting. The date was April 1, and the surgeon kept having the nurse outside the sterile field make prank phone calls to everyone. It was a riot.
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  6. Visit  T-Bird78 profile page
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    In nursing school I saw 4 different C-sections (plus a vaginal birth) and one of the C-sections included a tubal ligation. The most cringe-worthy happened at the ENT office I worked for--a uvulectomy. Yep, you read that right. Doc removed a UVULA using local anesthetic--IN THE OFFICE and I got to assist and send it off for pathology. He'd also do ear tubes in-office (adults only, kids were done in the OR).
  7. Visit  Biffbradford profile page
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    Heart transplant. Just amazing watching them lift that big, soggy, failing heart out ... leaving just a big empty hole ... then replace it with this firm, healthy fist sized heart in it's place. The whole organ transplant process is too weird for me, not sure how I feel about it.
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  8. Visit  GrnTea profile page
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    Aw, Biffbradford beat me to it. I worked in a heart transplant unit and they let us go watch the implants of the patients we were going to be primary nurses for. The first time I saw that barely-beating heart the color of an old roast beef you forgot to cook two weeks ago come out and go into the bowl, and then the healthy fresh one go in, I just loved it. I saw it a number of times again and it never got old.

    The fun part came the next day when they came and extubated and pulled chest tubes, and the patients just jumped out of bed. Unlike most other open heart surgery patients, perhaps their pain receptors were fried from years of inadequate oxygenation. Or maybe they felt so much better they didn't notice the incisional pain. Whatever, it was just great to see them pink, chest dry, making pee, and hopeful.
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  9. Visit  Wolfe24 profile page
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    Saw a guy with facial fractures being repaired in the OR. They peeled his face right down to his nose to get to the bones. Unforgettable.
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  10. Visit  Twinmom06 profile page
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    man...mine are boring compared to you guys...saw numerous c-sections as an extern (including a tubal ligation), and I did see one bowel resection...

    the heart transplant stories are touching!
  11. Visit  uRNmyway profile page
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    Quote from Biffbradford
    Heart transplant. Just amazing watching them lift that big, soggy, failing heart out ... leaving just a big empty hole ... then replace it with this firm, healthy fist sized heart in it's place. The whole organ transplant process is too weird for me, not sure how I feel about it.

    Wow, my grandfather was a heart transplant recipient, and my stepmother a donor. I find that whole process so incredibly wonderful.
  12. Visit  uRNmyway profile page
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    Quote from GrnTea
    Aw, Biffbradford beat me to it. I worked in a heart transplant unit and they let us go watch the implants of the patients we were going to be primary nurses for. The first time I saw that barely-beating heart the color of an old roast beef you forgot to cook two weeks ago come out and go into the bowl, and then the healthy fresh one go in, I just loved it. I saw it a number of times again and it never got old.

    The fun part came the next day when they came and extubated and pulled chest tubes, and the patients just jumped out of bed. Unlike most other open heart surgery patients, perhaps their pain receptors were fried from years of inadequate oxygenation. Or maybe they felt so much better they didn't notice the incisional pain. Whatever, it was just great to see them pink, chest dry, making pee, and hopeful.

    My grandfather was told something like that, what you mention about pain receptors. They told him that when he died, it was most likely to be from heart failure, basically an MI, but that he would feel no pain, just 'go to sleep'.
  13. Visit  uRNmyway profile page
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    Most interesting surgery I saw was a thoracotomy for a patient with lung cancer. Got to watch while they cut open the patient basically from sternum to the side of his rib-cage. They then completely cut out a section of his ribs. I got to see the aorta pulsating from the inside, but unfortunately not the heart itself. When they took out the lung, the surgeon asked his nurse to let the nursing student (me) touch the tumor. You know, you see the images of smokers' lungs on cigarette packages, how discolored and gross they look. But to see it live, to feel it...wow. I think all smokers should go sit in on one of those surgeries...
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  14. Visit  hodgieRN profile page
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    Brain tumor removal. The brain pulsates with each heart beat. So awesome.


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