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Duration of cases

Discussion in 'Urology' started by GoodmanBrown, May 14, 2009.

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  1. GoodmanBrown

    GoodmanBrown is walking down the path.

    Jan 22, 2009
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    Medical Student
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    I recently spoke with an MS4 who matched into urology. He said that the surgery case length appealed to him. What is the "average" time for various urology surgeries? I know complicated surgeries in gen. surg. and others can take 10+ hours? Is this ever the case with urology, or is it much shorter? Thanks!
  2. pincheeric


    Jul 23, 2007
    Resident [Any Field]
    SDN 2+ Year Member
    As in every other field the length of surgery is dependent on the specific surgery being done. A vasectomy or circumcision can take 10 minutes. A cystectomy with neobladder can take 8 hours. Most other cases are somewhere in between. As a resident you don't have a ton of control, but as an attending you can focus on the surgeries that interest you most.

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