As I’ve mentioned before, every week in surgery we switch roles. This week, I found myself in the position of assistant, which means I kind of do a little bit of everything. I help the anesthetist with induction, prep our patient for surgery, transport our patient into the operating room, and then scrub in to help the surgeon. It means I have to know a bit about what the anesthetist needs to do and also how the surgeon is going to perform a procedure.
This week, we had a mature canine neuter, and while not as complicated as a spay, neuters still involve anesthesia and are a sterile surgery. With the dog being 10 years old, we also had to make sure he was healthy enough to undergo the procedure, and we had to keep an extra close eye on his vitals while he was under anesthesia. Being a mature male, those testicles also were quite large, which meant some substantial vascularization — those testicles didn’t want to leave their home for the past ten years!
One of the best parts of junior surgery so far, in my opinion, has been being there for some of my classmates’ first surgeries. We all get so delusionally excited about having successfully performed a spay or a neuter. Some day, we’ll probably just think of them as commonplace, but for now, it’s been our goal for so long to be able to do surgery ourselves, and it’s finally happening!