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Vagina Girl

Today I was called to the OR to be the “Vagina Girl.” Sound exciting? Well, it’s not the most glamorous job in the OR, but at least it’s something to do.
The “vagina girl,” (AKA bottom end person) is responsible for putting a long instrument into the uterus from the vagina and move it around while the surgeon does everything necessary to cut it out. The vagina girl then gets the fantastic job of pulling the uterus +\- tubes +\- ovaries out through the vagina. It sounds a little vile, but bigger things have been known to come out of the vagina!  And, a laparoscopic surgery sure beats an open surgery (from the patient’s perspective)!

I know I haven’t gotten a chance yet to blog about starting residency. However, It has been a huge adjustment, with one of the most difficult adjustments being that things are way less hands-on than I’m used to. So, as you can imagine, even being the “vagina girl” is pretty welcome role in my books!

8 thoughts on “Vagina Girl

  1. Is it just me, or is it unexpected that things are LESS hands on now? That must be very strange for you. I hope it gets better! I’ve never seen a vaginal hysterectomy so I think I would find that interesting… at least for the first one. 😛
    P.S: you’re in my thoughts a lot. Hang in there. It’s almost the middle of the month already!

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  2. Being the vagina girl is the worst. I had to do it a bunch in clerkship, and it’s so boring, mainly because the attendings don’t even bother to teach you anything in exchange for your time.

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  3. Wow … this is interesting. I never thought about this before … I thought the surgeon simply handled the uterus ‘n stuff … but I guess mine must have busy operating the da Vinci robot.

    Anyway, good luck with your residency and keep your head up! 🙂

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