Quote from studentnurse74
Thanks- I hadn't thought about trying both! My current clinical site has a lot of roux-en-y (I think that's how you spell it!) procedures, and I'm amazed that they can do that laparoscopically!
Excellent!! I was in my 40's before I saw a laparoscopic Roux-en-y, which is considered the "gold standard" as far as surgical management of morbid obesity goes. (There are many other types of surgical procedures for morbid obesity--gastric banding is another one.)
You are much younger, and probably pleyed video games (I have never played a video game in my life--but my children have spent thousands of hours playing them, and if you are their age--anywhere from 19 top 26--you probably have, as well.)
I read recently that surgeons who played video games in junior high and high school not only accomplish their operations much faster, but have a much lower rate of complications. I do not remember the percentages, but they were incredibly impressive. It makes sense, and it's something we talked about when laparoscopic general surgery procedures were in their infancy--we figured that the very young residents would have incredible manual dexterity and fine motor skills, plus fast reaction times, and indeed they did.
Just FYI, if you are quizzed during your OR experience, any procedure involving the jejunem is called a Roux en Y. Not everyone realizes that--it's something a surgeon shared with me when I was a younger OR nurse. A Whipple procedure involves doing a Roux en Y; so does a Billroth II. (Although the second one is nearly a defunct operation, since the invention of Tagamet and its successors.)
Can you guess what a Billroth I consisted of?