Day 2 in the OR! Today I got up bright and early and headed over to the hospital to view not just one, but TWO procedures! Oh my!
The first procedure I watched was just a knee manipulation and staple removal, so I’m not posting too many images from that. I was pretty early, so I did a sketch of some objects in the OR (image 1).
The fourth image down is where the second procedure, the total knee replacement, began. Now, maybe you are already aware of this, but joint replacement operations are a very messy business. I, however, did not know this information. As the majority of the people in the room began to don face shields and sterile outfits that resembled hazmat suits, a bit of worry began to creep into my mind. Luckily, I was able to stand far enough back that none of the liquidy blood-fat mixture that went flying all over the room managed to hit me, although there were a few close calls.
When I showed my last set of surgical sketches to my professor, she suggested that I should use fewer lines to describe the forms. I really tried to do that this time, and just place a line and leave it alone. I’ve still got a long way to go, though. I have also really enjoyed sketching with just a pen, which has really forced me to think a little more before I make a mark on the page. Well, as much as I can think while trying to keep up with the pace of surgery. This total knee replacement was about 40 minutes total, which from what I gathered just listening to the surgeons, was a longer time than they wanted.
After the appliances were in place, her leg was sutured up and the procedure was over. I’m scheduled to visit the OR again just one more time, although if the schedule permits I’d like to go more. I guess we’ll just have to see how it all works out!