Spine Rotation = Done

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.

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11 thoughts on “Spine Rotation = Done

    • Hi Sarah! Yes shoot me an email whenever – happy to share our experience with you on it! There is a lot to soak up. Good luck with whatever he decides :)

  1. The peds cases made Erik sad. Our friend is doing spine, focus on deformities. If ends up chosing spine, stay away from UCSF- totally malignant spine fellowship. Yay to PGY2 almost being done!

  2. Isn’t it cool when they start to figure out what specialty within Ortho they like?! My husband always said “anything BUT spine” because the cases are so long and tiring, but I wished he had liked it more because we’d have a much easier time finding a job! My husband is on his last rotation EVER for residency right now and it’s trauma. Already plenty of interesting call nights ;)

  3. Thanks for linking up with Medical Mondays! So exciting when they start finding things that they can get passionate about. I am partial to spine myself, but don’t let that sway you:-) R2 will be over soon, one year at a time it ticks by!

  4. Very exciting that he is done with his spine rotation and good luck with your last rotation as an R2! Summer is always a challenging time to be a Doctor’s +1 but hopefully you have some fun things planned while your hubby is super busy!

  5. Good luck with his next rotation and the call schedule! As you may know, I’m a complete and total PAGER HATER!
    You’re practically in the home stretch!! Yay!! Is the light at the end of the tunnel starting to shine a bit? LOL! :)

  6. “Spine rotation” sounds painful. LOL ;-)
    Many of the patients on my floor at the hospital are spinal surgery post-ops. And many of them are young. We don’t get children, they go to a different hospital, but lots of young adults.
    Happy the spine rotation is over!

  7. Thanks for visiting my blog! We have loved living in Baltimore and I think it’s totally underestimated as a city. DH is finishing at hopkins. It’s been a good 4 years!

  8. Thanks for linking up with Medical Monday! I have always thought that spinal surgeries are so interesting, since I’ve dealt with a lot of the post op patients as their respiratory therapist. It’s amazing how they can literally be put together with an erector set, and be walking two days later. I definitely have a huge respect for the docs that do that job, with how much time and effort it takes.

    Thanks again!

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