today on urology

18 Apr

1.  There was an embarrassingly loud thump in the middle of a robotic nephrectomy (kidney removal) when my head hit the wall.  Today, I fell asleep standing up.  I don’t think the nurses believed me when I said I slipped.

2.  I love that there are some cancers that we can cure by simple removal.  Of course, the removal is not simple.  And it’s painful.  And you’re left without a kidney.  But still…no chemo, no radiation, and normal life expectancy following.  In the world of cancer, that’s not so bad.

3.  There was a scary moment toward the end of the day when the surgeons had to act fast to stop a bleeding…the tumor had invaded into some important vasculature.  These surgeons are awesome at their job, and how so many hands work so well all together in a small space is beyond my comprehension.  When things were resolved, the attending stopped for a brief moment and held out his hand to his resident, and they shook hands over the body cavity.


One Response to “today on urology”


  1. what a champ « anna in med school - January 15, 2013

    […] Her hair and eyes might scream “John,” but her sleeping habits she definitely got from me…I can just see her years from now, in one of the front rows of a lecture hall, nodding off mere yards from the professor.  Or, worse yet, if she chooses to go into medicine, falling asleep in an OR like her classy momma. […]

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