Not gonna lie, who knew that Primary Care/GP/primärvård in Värnamo could be this fun?!
My surgical skills diploma from Manchester isn’t just a paper hanging on the wall anymore! Those general surgery days with McCloy paid off – the best teacher I had in Manchester for sure.
Earlier that day, the doctor I was shadowing excised a lipoma, and told me that should another patient come in wanting something removed, I would be allowed to do it under his supervision. Yes I know, he is pretty awesome like that, wanting me to have as much hands-on experience as possible.
Our last patient came in who was a young patient with a congenital nevus (mole), about 3x3cm. Yay I thought, another skin patient and a possible surgery candidate! We examined it and decided that it was benign, but asked whether he wanted it removed anyway – me secretly hoping that he did. He said he wanted it removed. The doctor and I looked at each other and smiled. I GET TO CONDUCT MY FIRST SURGERY EVER!!! 😀
As per my doctor supervisor’s instructions, I injected the anaesthesia, excised the nevus/mole and lastly sutured/sewed it up. All by myself. Except for when the doctor helped me cut the thread after every suture/stitch I put down. In the end it became 6.
After finishing the last suture/stitch, we said goodbye to the patient and left the room. BOOYA. SUCCESS.
It’s gone a few hours now and I still haven’t stopped smiling. I feel so happy and honoured to have been entrusted with such an opportunity which I’m sure I never will forget!
So now baby doctor Sam has performed her first baby operation. I have to start somewhere right? Next time it will be much bigger. Like what my friend said, maybe next time, I will operate on a mole 5x5cm big instead! 😂