Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Day's Work in Pictures (GYN pictures included, reader beware!)

Trying to capture 9 hours of work this Tuesday, I thought pictures might best demonstrate the tremendous, at times overwhelming, surgical need we encounter. Sharon and I work 3 full days operating, compared to a typical practice in the States this is perhaps 3-6x the surgical volume. Tuesday started with a repeat C/S, then a hysterectomy for pelvic mass in a 65 yo, followed by another repeat C/S with a bicornuate uterus (hence the heart shape), next a hysterectomy for fibroids, then a myomectomy that turned into a hysterectomy because both tubes were destroyed by the fibroids (also the patient couldn't remember if she was 38 or 42 and age does really matter for fertility), next an emergency C/S, and the day concluded with an ruptured ectopic pregnancy (the only thing I didn't get a picture of!).

As Thanksgiving approaches, I give thanks that Sharon is here, that we have interns and medical students to help with rounding, a great surgical staff who keeps the room going (except at chai time), and that for the most part, our patients get better and some even come to know Jesus.

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