A Trip to the Hospital

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For patient Melissa Smith, being at Beaumont hospital was a frequent occurrence for her unfortunately. January 2011, Melissa was diagnosed with a 1. malignant (threatening to life) tumor in her pelvis. Luckily, the doctors knew it was just one and not a 2. sarcoma (a group of tumors from connective tissue). The doctors at first were not sure the plan for which to go about this tumor, because of the size of it. Over time though they eventually had a well thought through plan on how to help Melissa and fight for her life. Mellissa began her treatment by having a few rounds of 3. brachytherapy (treatment method that the radiation source is placed directly into the tumor or close to it). The 4. cm (master in surgery) knew though it was time to take the next step with a surgery in hopes to use the method 5. debulking (removes much as the tumor as possible). The day of the surgery comes, doctors check her blood pressure by a 6.sphygmomanometer (measures the pressure) and Mellissa is given 7. gtt (drops) of
8. anesthesia (class of drugs to render a patient unconscious or semi unconscious). The type of anesthesia she is given in regional so therefore she is still conscious for the procedure. Mellissa is given the anesthesia by a 9. spinal block (anesthesia injected anywhere in the spinal cord, the structures below this point are affected). Mellissa is now on the surgery table in the 10. Trendelenburg position (patient is lying on the back with the pelvis higher than the head with the knees slightly bent and the legs hanging off the table). The doctors had her in this position due to the area of the tumor. The doctors kept a close look on her 11. bpm (beats per minute) of the heart. Mellissa was then cut open by different instruments, and the long five-hour procedure began. Luckily by the end the doctors found that they were able to preform a 12.excisional biopsy…...

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