Orthopedic Surgery

Wow.  The first word that comes to my mind.

Orthopedics was absolutely jaw-dropping.  Every surgery was dynamic and intense, yet generally short and sweet taking anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours.  I am not sure if it was the bone sawing, the prosthesis, or the encouraging doctors, but I could totally see myself becoming an orthopedic surgeon, maybe even a pediatric orthopedic surgeon.

The orthopedic surgical team was a fun group of individuals who are all very good at their jobs, but still have a good time.  There was often music in the background of the OR and the surgeons and nurses all seemed to be good friends.

The surgeons and scrub nurses really went the extra mile to explain the medical procedures to me.  One of the scrub nurses was one of my students in the English class so she introduced me to the staff, told them to not say anything bad in Portuguese since I speak it, and basically explained that she loved me and they should too.  I was extremely flattered.  She showed me how they fit the prosthesis and pick the sizes from the storage.  They also let me have a birds eye view at the surgery.

Surgeries:

  • Partial Hip Replacement
  • Complete Hip Replacement
  • Femur reinforcement – DHS (dynamic hip screw) & EMOS (Extraction of Osteosynthesis material)
  • Shoulder Dislocation – acromioclavicular dislocation
  • Total Knee Prosthesis

These surgeries were absolutely incredible.  Dr. António Melo and Dr. Luis Soares even let me take a photo of the knee replacement surgery.  It is quite graphic so *trigger warning*. Knee Replacement

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