durty

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hey all,

I was just wondering how many of you have undergone any type of surgery in your lifetimes? How did it affect your out take on the whole surgical side of the medical field?

I am currently recovering from my first surgery (wisdom teeth removal), I know not exactly major, but it really stinks. My jaw has ached for a week, screaming that someone seems to have been standing on it for an hour while yet another someone else was jackhammering my jaw bone.

Made me feel more sympathetic for surgical patients, has any one else experienced this? Does it make you wonder if the surgeons really need to be as cavalier and flippant as they seem while they're just whacking around inside people? I've seen liposuction where the surgeon is just scraping with all his might...gives me the willies.

Just wondering what y'all thought.
-durty
 

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I had my wisdom teeth out, it didn't really affected my views of surgery. I thought the guy did a good job, that was about it.
 

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no change in my opinion of the surgery guys.

the pacu nurses on the other hand...

it takes a certain kind of person to cut into someone else, the attitude is a way of dealing with it.

this was not a tooth thing.
 
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i had the wisdom teeth surgery but i have also had surgery on my knee, it was really cool i only had epidural anesthetic so i got to watch the whole thing.

i definitely think i as able to see what patients go through. i didn't have surgery for while so i was in pain and immobile for a crapload of time. then i had to do rehab for a long time. i'm really active normally so it sucked a lot.
 

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i've had several surgeries. 2nd one made me want to go into medicine. 5th one made me lean towards a certain area of medicine.

i definitely feel like it will help me in the future. i was a huge sports player through high school and college, so hearing a doc say "you'll play again in 9 months" when he has never played/never been held out from playing doesn't really help. hopefully my patients will never see me that way. :oops:
 

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This is totally not what I expected from the title. I leave a bit disappointed.
 

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I had a (relatively) minor surgery way back when I was in middle school. That was before I realized I wanted to go into medicine, and it didn't affect my views on anything, really. Probably because I wasn't really paying attention throughout the experience.
 

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When I was much younger, I had two fairly extensive surgeries that undisputedly saved my life...and until getting to medical school, those surgeries had absolutely no impact on my desire to practice medicine.

However, after actually having the chance to scrub in on trauma surgeries now, I am in absolute awe of what must have been happening when I was younger. The quick turnover from entering the doctors office to being sedated on the table, the ability of the doctor to assemble specialists who weren't even supposed to be in surgery that day, and the way it all came together so seamlessly that my family barely noticed...only now do I realize how amazing and thankless those accomplishments were.

As for the cavalier attitudes of many surgeons, that's really just the way surgery is. Sometimes, you are just slicing into people and scraping with all of your might - the body is hearty, and some surgeries just can't be done gently. Furthermore, the gentle way is usually the more time-consuming way, and being on the table longer often poses more of a risk for the patient than the more brash surgical technique does.

There, are gentle, delicate surgeries out there though. Nerve procedures are notoriously time-consuming and tedious just because they are so delicate, and it's hard to be too cavalier with a laser...:rolleyes:
 

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I havent had any surgery yet...may have it soon on both sides of my jaw due to really bad problems with my TMJs. So, I don't know much about that view.

If it counts for anything (probably not), my sister had emergency surgery when she was a baby. Her chest filled with fluid and was going to crush her internal organs but they drained it all out in time.
 

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This is totally not what I expected from the title. I leave a bit disappointed.
I'll admit I was curious what you meant when you said that.

I too was looking for trannies. :(
but in retrospect I wish that was what the thread was about. Not for me personally, but as as someone who truly appreciates comedy there really aren't enough tranny threads on SDN.

and to the OP (me) , a week later I feel a little better.

URHere said:
the body is hearty, and some surgeries just can't be done gently. Furthermore, the gentle way is usually the more time-consuming way, and being on the table longer often poses more of a risk for the patient than the more brash surgical technique does.
good point, I'm sure a systemic infection is much more uncomfortable than what I got.

-durty
 

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Not exactly life-threatening, but reconstructive ankle surgery 2x put a dampener on an entire academic year for me.

Of course it just happened to coincide with what happened to be the 2nd longest stretch of rainy days in the city's history (1 month+ of nothing but rain).

Perpetually wet linoleum + crutches + broken foot = a VERY bad time...:scared:
 

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My wisdom teeth removal wasn't a big deal- but I nanny for that surgeon and he spoiled me- recovery was a breeze

But- I had surgery just over 2 weeks ago to remove and obstruction in my ureter and that was a more serious surgery (not like horrible but bad)... I had no clue how hard recovering could be- I had infection for over 3 weeks (including time before surgery) and it took such a toll on my body...

I think what I learned was to have sympathy for patients and just a smidgen of what they go through. I work with kids each week who have chronic diseases and it really helped me to have that glance I think it will help me better relate to patients in the long run and boy do I hope my test next month are ok because I don't want another surgery!
 

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Partial nephrectomy to remove one of my THREE kidneys. Duplex organ syndrome, I was told about 1 in 5,000 people have some sort of duplex organs, I just happened to have two kidneys on my left side.

One was removed cause a cyst grew on one of my ureters and it was starting to bind and grow onto the other two ureters. The one that had the cyst was a complete block and had gotten infected and died.

It took about 5 doctors to come up with this 'theory' and the then took longer to actually find one that would do the surgery. The guy who finally figured it out though had the idea almost immediately, it was refreshing to finally have closure on it.

I missed a semester of school, four weeks of fever and not being able to urinate was very frustrating. Even more frustrating was the 4 doctors I went to that insisted it was kidney stones! :mad:

Anyhow yeah, back to the topic it changed my outlook on doctors because it's easy to have the perception that when something is wrong you just go to your local family practice doctor and they can immediately diagnose and fix whatever is wrong with you. It was a naive outlook yes, but for me personally I learned alot.
 
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