Surgery – Day 10

I did not think this was how I was going to spend today. The surgery gods graciously decided to usher me into my late twenties with a literal surprise Whipple procedure. The case started a little later than usual and was supposed to be just a relatively standard liver resection, but after we got in there the disease appeared to be more extensive than we thought and so we had to convert to the Whipple. Thankfully, I feel like it moved pretty quick for a this kind of procedure, only about 8-9 hours (compared to the 10-12 nightmares I’ve heard of). While it was a long time to stand and mostly just watch, it honestly didn’t feel like it was as long as it was in reality. It was fascinating to watch and it’s always cool to see things that you usually only see in textbooks fleshed out. Don’t get me wrong, if I had it my way, I probably would not attend another one, but I’m glad I was able to experience the whole thing at least once. Very thankful for my attending and especially my resident for their patiences and letting me participate. Very thankful to all the nurses and the scrub techs for their patience as well. Sending the patient all the best in their recovery and future treatment.

Anyways I’m tired, more thoughts on this tomorrow maybe.

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