I started a thread some time ago about surgeons making statements, giving directions to their residents, or comments that they made during surgery that made the staff snicker. I would love to keep this going and hear from the rest of you. I think what makes this so hilarious is that the surgeons don't realize how funny their statements are when taken out of the context of the surgery itself.
I was scrubbed in doing a lap inguinal hernia with a surgeon the other day. He was teaching his resident how to manipulate the hernia sac. He said, "Dude, just grab your sac and move it to the left to try to free it up." Here I was trying to keep a straight face and concentrate on the surgery. I somehow held it together until the circulating nurse asked the attending if he wanted to send the hernia sac to pathology. He said, "No, I don't think so." I couldn't help it...I said, "Oh, so you aren't going to send your freed up sac to get inspected?" At that point the attending understood why I was laughing so hard and replied, "I don't want some stranger inspecting my sac."
Oh, the joys of surgery!