Monday, July 5, 2010
OR observation day...
I headed down to the female locker room at 1:30, changed into scrubs, and then went down to the OR office. They were still cleaning up OR #4, and #3 was scheduled with a redo VVF repair which I couldn't watch because the lady is under just a spinal anesthetic and not fully under.
The office staff told me to come back at 2:15 and by then the patient should be just going under anesthesia. I came back at that time, and the patient still wasn't around! So I sat in the office and watched the camera feed, waiting for the lady to walk in... which she did about 3:45.
This patient came in with goiter, a condition usually not seen in the developed world, thanks to iodine in our diet, especially in table salt. The surgeon was going to remove her thyroid--which my A&P class taught me would be fairly bloody because the thyroid gland is highly vascularized. Good stuff.
OK, I'll spare you the gory details (and all the pictures)... but there was a fair amount of blood to suction up. I thought the cauterizing tip and tweezers were pretty cool. Both the tip and tweezers connected to electrical leads from the cauterizing machine and he used them to stop bloodflow from the tiny vessels as he pulled the skin back from the thyroid gland and then to separate the mass away.
The surgery was to take about 2 hours, and I had to leave at 5pm so I could sign out before the OR office closed for the day. Then back to the locker room to change, then off to dinner... not much appetite. I wonder why?
All in all, it was pretty cool. Not something I really care to do again, but I'm glad I did it once.
*I just don't like blood... in any form!*