I got to scrub in on an open AAA repair today.
What a better way to learn anatomy than a cadaver!
And vascular surgeons use self retaining retractors for almost all of their surgeries. So great to not have to retract!
Later while rounding we hear a "code vascular in the ED" over head. I call the ED and it is a dissecting thoracic aortic aneurysm w/ hemodynamic instability. Tha cardiothoracic surgeon was already paged and calling back so that is the end of that story. We finished rounds and I went home.