I don't have any other surgical postings this year, so here goes. These are some surgeries I have either lead or (more often) first-assisted in.
  1. Caesarian Section
    I was lead surgeon in about 30, and lost count of those I first assisted in. Such a gratifying surgery to do (usually). Really honed my skills.
  2. Ectopic Pregnancy
    Mostly first-assisted. Can be quite touch-and-go with some unstable patients! We mostly did salpingectomies.
  3. Leg amputations
    Really one of my least favourite surgeries. Especially since it usually involves really foul legs.
  4. Finger amputations
    Usually a formalisation after a partial traumatic amputation. Quite easy and satisfying and done under regional anaesthesia.
  5. Mastectomy and Axillary Clearance
    Really the most difficult part of this surgery is a) not injuring the axillary arteries and b) closing in a cosmetically acceptable way.
  6. Inguinal hernia repairs
    Easy and interesting if you keep track of the anatomy.
  7. Thoracotomy
    For a stabbed heart. Really gorgeous.
  8. Laparoscopic cholecystectomies
    It's kind of like watching someone else play video games: unsatisfying.
  9. Various ORIFs
    Gimme that drill!
  10. Lipoma excision
    Satisfying but not particularly exciting.
  11. Brachial cleft cyst excision
    Biggest problem here was that the patient got a massive haematoma overnight and coded. Luckily we got him back.
  12. Laparotomies for stabbed abdomens
  13. Various peptic-ulcer related ops, including an acute ommental patch.
  14. Appendectomy
    I actually assisted in many as an intern, but last month I DID ONE SOLO!!! It was so cool!!