I have had many times when I think about what I actually went through with surgery. But I have not really thought about what the surgeons and other medical professionals went through. You assume that they just get on with it like a conveyor belt, and to some small degree that is probably true, but really and truly, as much as we are scared, they must have some nervous tension too. The only differences are, their nerves get them through a tough surgery and then they are done (although I imagine things are on their mind for a while). Our nerves have to carry on a while longer through recovery.
The knowledge they have is immense, and when you really look into what they do, it really is amazing. They open you up and whilst rummaging in your body, they know exactly what to remove and how to do it safely. I didn’t realise until I saw the surgery programmes on TV, what it actually takes to go in there. It’s a pink mess of blood and gore and they have to find the right bits to remove but at the same time not snipping or touching something they shouldn’t, all whilst keeping you alive and well.
If they have an issue, they know how to resolve it quickly and have all the tools to do it. Yes, things can and do go wrong, which can be awful, but I would imagine it is pretty awful for the surgeons too.
My surgeon saved my life with his skills, and although I have some complications, I know that it was inevitable considering the condition of me and what he had to work with. What about having to stand bent over for 5 +hours without a break, and still having a steady hand?
Let’s not forget the anaesthetists in this, they have the scary job of keeping you functioning whilst all this mayhem in your body is going on. Having a surgical team you trust is really important, it makes going to sleep under anaesthetic just that little bit more reassuring.