December 09, 2008

Well, that was different

I was expecting an observation deck when I watched surgeries yesterday. Instead, I found myself often standing right behind the head surgeon, peering over his shoulder. I got to wear scrubs and everything, which made me feel strangely official; I almost expected the surgeon to ask me for a scalpel.

Overall, it was a pretty fascinating experience, although most of the time I couldn't quite tell what I was looking at. I watched one prostate removal, followed by a bladder removal that also included fashioning a new bladder from a section of the patient's small intestine. Pretty cool what they can do, even though I sincerely hope I never have to undergo any of it myself.

Posted by Ryan at December 9, 2008 11:15 AM | TrackBack

That bladder removal sounds like it would be painful for about a year.

Posted by: Jeff_McAwesome at December 9, 2008 10:47 PM

You are welcome to observe the next time I get my perirectal abscess drained. Bet you never dreamed of having that opportunity when you were in J school.

Posted by: LearnedFoot at December 10, 2008 08:55 AM

See! Just like a real doctor!

Posted by: Autumn at December 10, 2008 08:39 PM

Would you fucking post something already? I'm bored.

Posted by: LearnedFoot at December 11, 2008 10:30 AM
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