LOS ANGELES, CA – Realizing that this little-old lady’s hip replacement wasn’t giving him the adequate workout and reps he needed, orthopedic surgeon Brock Hammersley asked his scrub tech midway through the case for 50-lb. weights (or dumbbells).
“Ummm, we don’t have any weights or dumbbells,” responded Tiana Bellows, the scrub tech on the case.
It is not uncommon for orthopods to ask for gym equipment during a case. Though most ask for weights or want to be asked which way is the beach so that they can point and flex their awesome guns, every once in a while orthopods ask for a near-professional gym. Just last week, Hammersley requested for a set-up so that he could bench press upwards of 350 lbs. He worked up a good sweat and the med students were happy to wipe his brow.
“I found this,” said Bellows, showing off a sterile medicine ball.
“That’s a medicine ball,” dismissed Hammersley. “A medicine ball. That ball’s for Medicine. If you’re gonna give me a work-out ball, get me the ortho ball. That’s right, the ORTHO BALL. You know, the one that’s 150 lbs. of pure lead. That’s what I’m talking about! Up top!”