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what's an Assistant Surgeon?

  • Clamping and cauterizing tissue and blood vessels to minimize blood loss

Re-checking your records to be sure all necessary precautions have been taken. 

  • Retracting

  • Identifying and protecting vital structures and organs

  • Irrigating 

  • Suctioning 

Coordinating with a multidisciplinary team of professionals to ensure the appropriate equipment, instrumentation, medications, and implants are available based on your Physicians preferences. 

  • Suturing

  • Stabilizing fractures and fragile tissue

  • Monitoring the continued sterility of the operative field

  • Often times, the primary Surgeon delegates the closure of surgical incisions to the Assistant. 

  • If drains are to be left in place they will be secured at this time.

  • In addition, the assistant will apply any needed wound vacs, dressings, splints, casts, braces, or binders. 

  • Before leaving the operating room, the assistant will reassess your condition to ensure you are stable for transport. 

  • Some licensed assistants may write post operative orders, make rounds to visit with you the days following your procedure, and even discharge you on behalf of your primary Surgeon.

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