SURGERIES I HAVE DONE
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.
- •Caesarian SectionI 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.
- •Ectopic PregnancyMostly first-assisted. Can be quite touch-and-go with some unstable patients! We mostly did salpingectomies.
- •Leg amputationsReally one of my least favourite surgeries. Especially since it usually involves really foul legs.
- •Finger amputationsUsually a formalisation after a partial traumatic amputation. Quite easy and satisfying and done under regional anaesthesia.
- •Mastectomy and Axillary ClearanceReally the most difficult part of this surgery is a) not injuring the axillary arteries and b) closing in a cosmetically acceptable way.
- •Inguinal hernia repairsEasy and interesting if you keep track of the anatomy.
- •ThoracotomyFor a stabbed heart. Really gorgeous.
- •Laparoscopic cholecystectomiesIt's kind of like watching someone else play video games: unsatisfying.
- •Various ORIFsGimme that drill!
- •Lipoma excisionSatisfying but not particularly exciting.
- •Brachial cleft cyst excisionBiggest problem here was that the patient got a massive haematoma overnight and coded. Luckily we got him back.
- •Laparotomies for stabbed abdomens
- •Various peptic-ulcer related ops, including an acute ommental patch.
- •AppendectomyI actually assisted in many as an intern, but last month I DID ONE SOLO!!! It was so cool!!