Have you ever had a moment when you were walking in the forest and you look around and feel amazed at the sheer beauty of all that surrounds you?
Have you ever been playing with your children at the playground and had a moment where you felt completely blessed and fulfilled? Have you ever looked at a building, or listened to a song, or appreciated a piece of art that made you feel amazing?
Life is full of moments, and sometimes I have moments when I find myself thinking about how amazing modern medicine is. In fact, just last week I had to go retrieve some equipment from the operating suite to bring to the emergency room, and while I was back in the operating suite, I looked around at all of the equipment and the operating rooms, and I couldnâ€™t help feeling utterly amazed and grateful.
I literally stood there for about 30 seconds…
with my jaw wide open, my mind full of excitement, and my heart full of gratitude.
We live in a time in history where our understanding of anatomy, chemistry, pharmacology, microbiology, and pathophysiology, allows us to manage illness and disease better than ever. This is perhaps most evident in the operating room. Through a deep and comprehensive understanding of science, as well as thousands of clinical hours of experience, surgeons and their supporting teams are able to provide surgical interventions that save lives.
Surgery simply amazes me
Every time I take a moment to consider that surgeons are able to navigate the human body and perform tune-ups, oil changes, and even engine swaps, my mind is blown. Personally, I havenâ€™t ever had any major surgery, but I have had a very intimate surgical experience.
As many of you know, my daughter had open-heart surgery in 2012 to repair a severe atrial septal defect, and my wife and I often reflect on her surgery and how thankful we are for the surgeon who repaired her heart. He literally saved her life.
Our appreciation and gratitude extends to all of the amazing surgeons, nurses, and technicians who work in the operating room and perform procedures that truly save lives.
50 million surgical procedures
Every year in the United States, approximately 50 million surgical procedures talk place. Last year here at WVMC, we performed 806 inpatient surgeries and 2,199 outpatient surgery. Whether itâ€™s a laparoscopic appendectomy, a total hip repair, a colon resection, or a hysterosalpingo-oopherecto
I have been with WVMC for nearly 3 years now and during that time I have worked with the most amazing surgeons, nurses, and technicians in the operating room. Iâ€™m proud and honored to work with each and every one of them, and I know if I, or anyone in my family needs any type of surgery, they will be in good hands.