Sleep when you can, Eat when you can, and don't f*ck with the pancreas
Motto of all general surgeons...
Except for the past month I've been literally helping dissect out and cut into the pancreas. And I kind of like it.
I have been able to witness incredible surgical skill in removing the head of the pancreas, which sits in the retroperitoneum, the duodenum, as well as the common bile duct, then cutting the jejunum in half to reconnect to stomach, pancreas, and to the biliary tree. #whipple
It was always such a mystery, a complicated and long surgery that I could never wrap my head around, that always took 10+ hours...until I witnessed these transplant trained, hepatobiliary surgeons gracefully remove and re-connect as if it was meant to be that way all along.
It takes a very calculated and intellectual approach as not only are you often treating cancer, but it is also very technically challenging. The anatomy visualized is better than any anatomy textbook, and after you've seen it - you're changed forever. It makes it all so incredibly real.
Just like when you step up to be right across the table from the main surgeon - there's this rush like nothing else exists. Performing surgery - learning technique, motions, being aware of the human being in front of you that you are working on - is so much different from watching, and it is the most potent drug out there.