Posted by on Oct 15, 2011 in Blog, Personal Stories | 1 comment

So one of the major benefits of living in a hospital that specializes in surgery is getting to watch said surgeries. We have the opportunity to observe surgery once a year, and I managed to do so a few months ago. At the time there was still a lack of clarity as to the policy regarding what you could and could not post from surgery. It turns out you can post pretty much anything so long as you can’t identify the patient from the photos. So here we go (just be warned that these photos are pretty graphic by nature, so if you squirm at the sight of blood you might skip this post).

 

Cataract surgery gets kind of intense when the pupils don’t dilate. They actually make small incisions around the iris to stick hooks in your eye and pull it back. So be sure to convince your eye to go along with things as planned.

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These are of Dr. Gary Parker removing a fatty tumor from a man’s neck and jawline. It’s amazing to watch someone with this much experience do anything, let alone surgery. He talked me through the whole thing and still worked with uninterruptable precision. I’ll have to do a whole man-crush post on how fantastic and humble Dr. Gary is sometime, but I digress. Photos:

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Watching surgery made me realize just how much punishment the human body can endure. Dr. Gary was very gentle, but even so, you’re peeling someone’s face back and pushing their muscles all over the place. It puts a new spin on the idea of things getting worse before they get better. And the human body is an amazing thing in not only the beating it can take, but the recovery process.

You never know what you’re gonna see in general surgery with Dr. Bruce. He walked me through an entire surgery with a mini-anatomy lesson in the mix. This guy flies through surgeries as well.

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Dr. Frank Haydon doing ortho surgery, putting some pins in to keep this patient’s feet from turning over. They’re heavily calloused as he’s spent most of his life walking on the tops of his feet. These guys are fast working with some pretty major surgeries.

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So there’s some Mercy Ships in action. I hope you enjoyed the photos. I have video but can’t really get that uploaded from here. It’s the ultimate challenge in media from the ship. Sorry to the faint of heart and weak of stomach for this one.