Hey everyone, well who knows who is actually reading this…
Today I had a wonderful day. Today I turned 25, old balls. As I was putting lines up to the table from the heart-lung machine, everyone in the OR room starting singing Happy Birthday to me, even my favorite DR, DR Tutuska. I couldn’t stop smiling, I fell so loved. These people I work with really are my family. I love the, so much.
So andways, I assisted Dr. Tut on a ASD Repair (Atrial Septal Defect). I have only done 2 int he 4 years I have been at the hospital. One was a 60 YR old and the other was on a newborn, that was very interesting and I am thankful to be in that case.
We started by opening the chest, opening the pericardium, started cannulation. Once we were cannulated we checked all the lines to make sure there were no bubbles in any of the cannulas that could go to the brain and give them an embolism.
Once on pump we opened the biggest right atrium, then bam, biggest defect I have ever seen, the hole was the size of an easter egg. Once we check all the coronaries and looked at the Tricuspid valve which was fine but we ringed the valve to just reinforce the valve. Fixing the defect was amazing we used a pericardial patch in the shape of a teardrop. We used 4-0 prolene to stitch in it. It really looked beautiful. Then we ringed the Tricuspid valve, we have to make sure that there was nothing impeding the Bundle of hiss because we didn’t want the patient to go into complete heart block, and end up with a pacemaker.
What a great day, got to do a wonderful case with my favorite DR. great Birthday overall. Very Fulfilling!
* Not my patient I worked on