Happy May Medical Monday! For those of you stopping by from the link-up thanks for visiting. Quick recap – my Dr.H is an ortho R2, I work in the media industry and we are in our 6th year of living in NYC. This blog is simply my perspective of our adventures together. Looking forward to meeting some new readers and writers this month
Mr. Dr. just finished his orthopedic spine rotation. Being a field he is very interested in, despite the 10 hour surgeries of standing around and watching, he really liked this rotation. Spine surgeries are a bit more invasive so the attendings do most of the work and there is much more observing going on from the residents as opposed to operating. I was excited to see Mr. Dr. enjoy this rotation and who knows…maybe one he will be performing some of the surgeries he saw on his own.
When I think about spine surgery I picture the patient being an older person with back pain or a really elderly person who has slowly had their spine deteriorate over the years. But some of the most fascinating cases Mr. Dr. was a part of were actually those involving children and abnormalities that they may have been born with or developed at a young age. It was interesting to watch him learn and fun to hear about the corrections that spine surgeons are able to make on people of all ages.
A couple observations from the last two months:
-For spine cases, a second surgery is common. Not because the first was a failure but because it’s all about pain and body management.
-Back patients love their doctor
And so here we go with our LAST rotation as an R2. It’s going to be a rough one as he will be rotating at a big trauma center with lots of call on his schedule. But I am looking on the bright side and am thrilled that my next milestone post will be in July when I recap his final rotation of 2nd year.