Just to keep things hopping, we screened several more patients in between cases while the operating rooms were being turned over for the next surgeries. We also reviewed the x-rays and CT scans of patients we screened last week to make final decisions on whether they should receive surgery.
The team completed nine surgeries on Tuesday, our busiest day yet:
- 8-year-old girl – tendon transfer and plantar fasciotomy
- 10-year-old girl – bilateral clubfoot repair
- 12-year-old boy – Achilles tendon lengthening, tendon recession, and plantar fascial release
- 29-year-old woman – triple arthrodesis
- 32-year-old woman – ankle fracture repair
- 44-year-old woman – ankle fracture repair
- 50-year-old woman – ankle fracture repair
- 54-year-old woman – bilateral metatarsal cuneiform exostosis
- 63-year-old man – ankle fracture repair
It was a long day, but very satisfying. We spent nearly 12 hours at the hospital, which meant the van was particularly quiet on the way home. One of the things I appreciate most about this group is that it really is a team. We eat breakfast together, work together, and usually eat dinner together. There's plenty of work, but plenty of good humor as well. While we're here, we're definitely family -- which makes being half a world away from my own family much easier.