Sneaking into OR #7

by doctoropenheart

I began thinking that if I saw enough open-heart surgeries before my own, it would be less intimidating. So in between assisting with knee and hip replacements on my orthopedic surgery rotation, I find myself sneaking into the cardiothoracic OR. I’m especially fascinated with the closing of the surgery. They thread malleable wires through your sternum, twist them together at the center, and tuck them into the middle. Quite medieval looking, actually.

And, contrary to my previous hypothesis, it’s an uncomfortable process to watch, no matter how many times you see it.