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most/least favorite parts of neurosurgery

Discussion in 'Neurosurgery' started by nicholjs, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. nicholjs

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    what do you enjoy the most about neurosurgery? what are the horrible aspects?
     
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  3. Chronic Student

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    Best: The variety (i.e. spine, peripheral nerve, brain)

    The worst: The 15th hour of the meningioma
     
  4. Mr Cookie Pants

    Mr Cookie Pants Living the chief life
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    The best: Being everyone's personal McDreamy
    The worst: a lot of people die
     
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    The best: the future.
    The worst: the present.
     
  6. Blake

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    Touché.:laugh:
     
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    The best: clinical challenge in diagnosing brain tumor cases.
    The worst: trauma cases !!
     
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    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.
     
  9. FutureNeuroStud

    FutureNeuroStud Ahhh...vacation
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    Rocket science isn't really that hard...I don't know why people still use that phrase.
     
  10. moneduloides

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    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?

    ;)
     
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    :laugh::laugh::laugh:
     
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    Best: Aneurysms...
    Worst: Spine...
     
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    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.
     
  14. Thorpedo

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    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.
     

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