I started in the OR back at the end of June and took my first buddy call yesterday. Quick summary: we spent 14 hours there!
First up was a nephrectomy. This was booked ahead of time, but this wasn't actually as much of an advantage as it may sound. It was booked as a hand assisted lap, but the doc changed it to a laparotomy before we started. Naturally, this means that we had pulled a lot of laparascopic stuff ahead of time, and not all the stuff for a full laparotomy. Good call though-- the kidney was the size of a small cantaloupe and never would have come out through a hand port. Also took out 3-- 60 cc syringes full of pus!
Next up, a bipolar hip on a 94 year old lady and for "dessert" a quickie cysto, retro, stent insertion.
It was a killer day and I'm sure glad I wasn't alone!
It's now 0600 the next morning, and I'm ready to leave again after 5 hr sleep-- got a fractured wrist that needs Nancy nails. We've got the nails, but nobody can find the instruments
. When I left last night, the nursing supervisor was busy calling other hospitals to try to arrange a loaner set...
I gotta say that although it was a hard day, I had a blast! Can't say I'd want all of my calls to be that tough, but this was a very exciting into and I really felt that I was doing valuable work. I LOVE the OR!