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Discussion in 'Neurosurgery' started by nicholjs, Jun 2, 2008.
what do you enjoy the most about neurosurgery? what are the horrible aspects?
Best: The variety (i.e. spine, peripheral nerve, brain)
The worst: The 15th hour of the meningioma
The best: Being everyone's personal McDreamy
The worst: a lot of people die
The best: the future.
The worst: the present.
The best: clinical challenge in diagnosing brain tumor cases.
The worst: trauma cases !!
The best: trauma cranis
The worst: spine call
Question for Dr. Idiopathic: what is the clincal challenge in diagnosing a brain tumor? We usually get an MRI in the ER, do the biopsy, then await the pathologist's evaluation of the tissue sample. Not exactly rocket science.
Rocket science isn't really that hard...I don't know why people still use that phrase.
Well, the other proper idiomatic phrase in this case would be "It's not exactly brain surgery." That wouldn't really work, now would it?
I read an article describing repairing an aneurysm before it ruptures as akin to 'bomb disposal'. That once you cut down to it, there's a very real risk of rupturing the aneurysm when you try to clip it. And so handling the aneurysm with instruments is akin to handling a live bomb, as one slip could kill the patient on the spot.
On the other hand, spine supposedly is the highest average paid specialty there is.
The difference is if you slip with a bomb, it's not just the bomb that goes bye-bye.
Btw, sorry for posting here. I'm only pre-med, but I've worked in an OR and for a surgeon before. I've helped with a few neuro cases, and they were awesome.