I got to scrub in on my first transplant case today, a single lung transplant! It was amazing. I got to feel the old lungs, and mentally compared the visual differences between the old lung, which was covered in black and gray patches, and healthy new pink lung.
I had a quick anatomy lesson on the pulmonary artery, vein and nerves as the right lung of the COPD patient (who was also a smoker) was taken out. When the new lung arrived from Oklahoma, I watched as it was put in and as it expanded. What an interesting experience!
This week, I also saw my third orthopedic surgery case: I have seen a hip replacement, a knee replacement, and a revision hip replacement, and have seen how the bone glue is placed, and how such prosthetic joint implants are placed inside the human body.