Surgeons of reddit, what was your first surgery on a real living human like?

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To be honest with you I was doing fine for the first thirty minutes, I removed multiple fractures and foreign objects but as fatigue set in I accidentally touched the sides and the patients nose illuminated and he made a buzzing sound even though he was under heavy anaesthetic. I knew that my career was over there and then.

GoreJussCPMT

First surgery was an emergency ruptured diaphragm from being hit by a car. The senior surgeon was on break and they rushed in without any warning and we had to go. My gloves filled up with sweat and got sloshy. But I got the abdomen open could see a straight up hole where the diaphragm has blown out. By this point we are bagging the patient ( squeezing the reservoir oxygen bag to force oxygen into a non breathing patient ) because there’s no vacuum in the chest cavity once it’s opened to air and the little sacs deflate and stick shut. Perfect timing, the senior came in and repaired the hole and sucked the oxygen out of the chest cavity to create the vacuum again and I bagged the patient and I felt like puking as the adrenaline wore off and I got the shakes

clearier

Pretty routine to be honest. Had so much training leading up to it and a senior surgeon standing by offering advice and reassurance as needed that it felt almost the same as training. Helped that it was a fairly basic and routine surgery with very little risk.

Lazy_Raccoon

Not a surgeon, but medical student is pretty close. My first operation was a C-section. I wasn’t running the show, but I was what they call ‘first assist’ meaning I’m the first person on deck if the surgeons hands are occupied. Mostly I was just holding retractors which are curved metal tools that you use to pull back on the skin or whatever might get in the surgeon’s way. I distinctly remember not wanting to pull too hard on the retractors but I got scolded for not pulling hard enough. Turns out you can pull as hard as you like, skin is tough shit. Also, when you perform a c-section you need to split open the amniotic sack, which contains a whole lot of fluid. I didn’t put on shoe covers because I was so excited to scrub in the first time. My shoes got drenched. I lost a set of shoes, but I learned a valuable lessons about shoe-covers that day.

SwiftDontMiss

Not a surgeon but a doctor. My first day of clinical rotation I scrubbed in a crash c section. There. Was. So. Much. Blood. It was kind of awesome though.

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