|The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. -Eleanor Roosevelt||
This week, I was only able to intern for two days because of a Veterans Day assembly that was held on Monday. When I did go into the OR on Tuesday, I was in the neuro department watching a lamenectomy and the beginning of a craniotomy. I found Tuesday to be very interesting, because I met a different neurosurgeon who was pretty easygoing and laid back. Like the other surgeons who I’ve spoken to before him, he asked what specialty that I was looking at. When I explained to him that I wanted to be a neurosurgeon, he was kind enough to explain the process to me. I may have researched the topic many times, but having a firsthand account of medical school and training was pretty interesting for me, and it was one of the highlights of my internship. On Wednesday I was back in the operating room watching more neurosurgeries. I watched a couple of spinal surgeries, and one of the doctors was kind enough to give me a stepping-stool (the table was really high up and it was impossible to see anything on it), and he explained what he was doing and why he was doing it. Towards the end of the surgery, he let me come closer and showed me the spine, and some of the major nerve bundles that are visible. Overall, this week, I met surgeons, nurses, and surgical techs who were all really down-to-earth people, and I honestly did not expect that from people who were working in the OR.
So this week, I was back in the OR. On my first day, I watched the beginnings of a unilateral nephrectomy. This was no ordinary procedure though. It was preformed with a robot. I asked the surgeon why they would use a robot, because of all the difficulty that they were having setting it up, and he told me that the procedure with the robot was minimally invasive, and that the hospital wanted to use minimally invasive techniques for the patients well being. I thought that the procedure was very interesting, although I had to leave in the middle of the procedure.
The next day, I was in the pediatric OR. Before attending the Academy, I wanted to be a pediatrician, so this was like a blast from the past for me. I watched the surgeon repair a perforated eardrum in a young child. I was glad that I went into this surgery, because it made me reconsider doing pediatric surgery again. I want to be a neurosurgeon, but now I am on the fence about it, so I think that having been in that surgery was a good thing.
On the third day, because of my experience in the operating room the other day, I went back to the pediatric section. I was able to get up close and personal as I watched the surgeon perform a tonsillectomy. I thought that the procedure was pretty interesting,and I found myself reconsidering neurosurgery once again. After watching the tonsillectomy, I watched a surgeon perform nasal surgery. Although the procedure itself wasn't interesting, how the surgeon did it was pretty cool. Unlike the other doctors at the hospital, he didn't use the computer screen when he used the scope. he just went right in and did what he had to do with a manual scope.
This week was filled with some pretty exciting procedures and some major revelations, so I cannot wait to see what is going to happen next week.
Sooooo, this week i was in the operating room again!
On Monday I was able to go and watch a neurosurgeon. That was a VERY big deal for me because it is my dream to be a neurosurgeon. I watches spinal surgery where stents were put into the patients back in order to relieve pain when the discs in the back protruded into the nerves in the back. The surgery was very interesting and the surgeon was super skilled. He was able to do the surgery in a space that was no bigger that the size of a quarter, when most other surgeons need to cut open the entire back to preform the procedure. It was very exciting, and after the procedure I spoke to the surgeon, and he said that he would see about getting me into more neuro operations before my internship ended.
On the second day of this week, I watched a hysteroscopy. This surgery was...interesting to say the least. It thoroughly convinced me of not ever wanting to be any kind of gynecologist. I saw the inside of a uterus though, so that was pretty interesting. It just looked like an empty sack of fluid. After the hysterosopy, i saw the people int he OR set up for a fractured hip surgery. I wasn't actually able to see the procedure, but i did watch them prep the patient and do a spinal on her to deaden her pain.
On my final day in the OR this week, I witnessed the miracle of life! I watched two C-sections and witnessed the birth of two healthy babies. even though I don't want to go into that particular field of surgery, I was happy that I was able to witness the two surgeries. watching the parents faces as they get to see their babies for the first time was truly memorable for me, and I really enjoyed the experience.