We started the day with a bang when Lance (our new device rep team member that just arrived this morning) plugged a broken suction device into one of the wall outlets in the OR. A loud explosion/fireball ensued and the power to the OR immediately went out. Lance also had a black hand to show for it. The power was eventually restored and we were off to the races.
Our first case was a young man who had been in a boda boda accident (apparently a person in Uganda is injured every 3 minutes by a boda boda). He presented to an outside facility with paraplegia after the accident, but not transferred to our Emergency Room until several days later. His imaging revealed a T4 vertebral body fracture with retropulsion of bone into the spinal cord.
Our second case of the day was a young man with chronic back pain and degeneration/malalignment of several vertebral bodies in his lower back. We instrumented his spine into better alignment and restored normal disc height with an interbody graft.
That evening, the whole team got together at a restaurant nearby to have a nice dinner and get to know the new team.