Today’s post is going to be a little different from the standard of this site. No, I’m not writing about Firefly, but I’ll get to that connection in a bit. I would like to take the opportunity to give the readers of Nothing in Biology Makes Sense a brief glance into an aspect of medicine that few get the opportunity to experience.
I am talking about surgery, specifically, Cardiothoracic surgery, or surgery that takes place by opening up the chest of a patient and putting them on cardiopulmonary bypass in order to operate on the heart (doing coronary bypass, valve replacement, or placement of assist devices). The reason I feel the need to post about this is because I know I have been given the opportunity that few people (physicians and medical students included) get the chance to experience first hand. For the last 6 weeks I have been on my surgical rotation, and was lucky enough to be able to spend two of those weeks working with the Cardiothoracic surgeons observing and assisting with open heart surgeries.