With the mission winding down and our patients preparing for discharge, the mood amongst the staff, volunteers and patients is bittersweet. On one hand, the collaborative effort to perform the operations and take care of patients has been successful. On the other, the wonderful hospitality of the Dominican Republic and Hospital General de la Plaza de la Salud makes departure difficult.
Upon reflection of any surgical procedure, one aspect always leaves me in amazement—anesthesia. Since ether was first used in Boston for surgery, incredible advances have pushed the capabilities of what can be done for patients. Importantly, the risks of an anesthetic are continually decreasing as safer administration techniques and monitoring are developed.
Our mission relies heavily on the expertise of our anesthesiologists before, during and after surgery. During an operation, the surgeon is focused primarily on performing the procedure to the best of his or her ability. However, it is the anesthesiologist who is keeping track of the patient’s overall well being. In addition, their experience as intensivists helps provide post-operative care for patients during our mission.
Op Walk Boston has an incredible group of anesthesiologists (pictured below) who did an exceptional job on this year’s mission.
Dan Tobert, orthopaedic surgery resident