We initially had one operating room with two tables, but were able to get a second down the hall. The team has worked in a single room before, but it's not ideal -- especially for keeping the patients' stress levels down. Surgery isn't a particularly quiet operation, so to speak.
We had six surgeries scheduled, but picked up a seventh by the end of the day when a patient came into the hospital with a badly broken ankle.
|Drs. Nyska, Palmanovich, and Lehnert with Mai Phan, |
our "imported" translator from California.
It's heartening to know that we're helping them, but hard to see them frightened as they come into the operating room. It can be intimidating no matter how old you are. The operating rooms are brightly lit, kept very cool, and filled with all sorts of people in green scrubs and gowns, masks, and caps. Add in that half the people are speaking an unfamiliar language and although you met them a few days ago, they're unrecognizable behind the masks.
The more specific medical details...
Patient 1: Six-year-old girl
- Multiple enchondromas, or benign tumors, in left leg. She was unable to straighten her left leg, but could walk and run, although stairs and uneven surfaces were challenging.
- Procedure: Left distal femur enchondroma curettage, bone grafting, femoral osteotomy with steinman pin fixation
- Ganglion cysts in both ankles that first developed when he was 18.
- Procedure: Bileateral excision of soft tissue mass of lateral malleolus and styloid process
- Left foot equinus with cavus deformity; post-polio.
- Procedure: Cole osteotomy and tendo-achilles lengthening (TAL).
- Right foot equinus with cavus deformity
- Procedure: Cole osteotomy and TAL.
- Left foot equinus
- Procedure: Left gastroc and PT recession
- Bilateral equinus, inverted forefoot
- Procedure: Bilateral gastroc recession and right calcaneal-cuboid fusion