Hello! I started my day EXTREMELY early but it was DEFINITELY worth it!
I asked the people I research for if I could observe a live open surgery and they said YES! It was an AMAZING experience. Although I could not see much at times, being in that environment was just thrilling however, the OR can get pretty hectic. They first performed a laparoscopy where they took some biopsies which further led to the open surgery. They removed the patient's gallbladder and it was such a different experience seeing an organ in person as opposed to seeing it on television. Afterwards, they took some x-rays and performed a nanoknife procedure to remove the cancerous tumors on the patient's liver. I was able to stand in close proximity to the patient, closer than the distance in the picture below, so I actually smelt the burning of these tumors- It is a strong, STRONG odor.
This picture is small but if you zoom in, you can see that there is a piece of tumor on one of the utensils on the sterile table. There's just so many names for the utensils... the one that stuck with me is the mosquito! I took my pictures far away since I did not want to be in anyone's way (:
I then went off to school but I went back to research for a mandatory meeting in the evening- right after class! I have chosen to do my research on distal pancreatectomy & the Whipple procedure and its relationship to diabetes. It would be a great honor to be published or produce a paper that could potentially be included in a journal... Anywho, talk about a long day. My back hurts like hell but my feet are fine. Quite the contrary to what usually occurs.
Until next time...