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I’m at work experience in a hospital and tomorrow I get to watch a orthopaedic surgery. I’m very nervous as I have never seen a surgery or anything in real life as I’m only 17 and people keep telling me how bad it is and it’s only made me more nervous
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I’m at work experience in a hospital and tomorrow I get to watch a orthopaedic surgery. I’m very nervous as I have never seen a surgery or anything in real life as I’m only 17 and people keep telling me how bad it is and it’s only made me more nervous
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It's not something to be worried about They'll ask you to change into scrubs and theatre shoes, and you'll be told where to stand. Depending on the type of operation, you might be able to see what's going on by looking around the surgeon or it may be on a screen. The patient will be covered up with numerous drapes, so the actual operation site won't be as extensive as it seems on TV.

Sometimes people feel unwell when they observe operations - if this happens, make sure you tell someone and they can help you. This is pretty common and no one will be annoyed at you.
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I’m at work experience in a hospital and tomorrow I get to watch a orthopaedic surgery. I’m very nervous as I have never seen a surgery or anything in real life as I’m only 17 and people keep telling me how bad it is and it’s only made me more nervous
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Remember, in addition to what @Democracy says, this is the time to see if you like things or not.

Work experience is not just a tick-box exercise, if you cannot see yourself doing stuff like this (you may well become a GP or a medical doctor; but you will still be asked to go into theatre as a junior doctor) then perhaps medicine isn't for you!
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I’m at work experience in a hospital and tomorrow I get to watch a orthopaedic surgery. I’m very nervous as I have never seen a surgery or anything in real life as I’m only 17 and people keep telling me how bad it is and it’s only made me more nervous
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Be nice to the runners and nurses, they are the ones who can answer questions and look after you. Do as you're told. Notice examples of good (or bad) team work and make notes afterwards, they may be useful if you apply for medicine and get interviews. Also you might like to chat to the anaesthetist, they have a very different role from the surgeon(s).
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Thank you this really helped I got to watch some interesting surgery’s
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It's not something to be worried about They'll ask you to change into scrubs and theatre shoes, and you'll be told where to stand. Depending on the type of operation, you might be able to see what's going on by looking around the surgeon or it may be on a screen. The patient will be covered up with numerous drapes, so the actual operation site won't be as extensive as it seems on TV.

Sometimes people feel unwell when they observe operations - if this happens, make sure you tell someone and they can help you. This is pretty common and no one will be annoyed at you.
Thank you this it was really helpful
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Thank you this really helped I got to watch some interesting surgery’s
How much hammering and sawing was there.
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How much hammering and sawing was there.
So much I was in theatre all day and saw 5 surgeries but I surprised my self at how okay I was with it and I really enjoyed my day
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You'll be up for watching an embalming procedure or two in no time. Congrats.
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Operations, not surgeries!
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Operations, not surgeries!
I got told that yesterday but I don’t understand why?
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I got told that yesterday but I don’t understand why?
"Surgeries" makes you sound like you're trying out for a part on Grey's Anatomy It's operation in the UK.
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"Surgeries" makes you sound like you're trying out for a part on Grey's Anatomy It's operation in the UK.
Ha okay 😂
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try not to vomit in the patient.
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For invasive procedures I found that the acc surgeon (unless they were the ones you got the work exp through) didn’t stick around too long and were busy during the procedure- speaking to the anaesthetists and others in the team is just valuable!
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