NEW YORK, NY – In a feat of great accomplishment and awe, neurosurgeon Dr. Timothy Shuffle of the prestigious hospital Medical Operations of New York (MONeY) completed 27 concurrent operations with zero morbidity & mortality.
Concurrent (or overlapping) surgical operations consist of an attending surgeon overseeing more than one surgery at a time. This strategy involves coordinating care for several patients to maximize the availability of surgeons, and relies on residents, fellows, and physician assistants to perform certain elements of the procedures. Although not uncommon at academic teaching centers, typically just two cases are performed simultaneously. But Dr. Shuffle knew he could do better.
So he assembled a team of residents and fellows at MONeY, and booked all 27 operating rooms with his patients. He tells the Gomerblog team, “If someone else can do 2 or 3 cases simultaneously, I can do more! I’ve taught my residents and fellows well, now it’s time to prove it.” He winks, with a twinkle in his eye, “Showtime!”
The 27 cases, completed concurrently in 27 ORs, spanned 16 hours and involved 42 residents, 15 neurosurgery fellows, 35 anesthesiologists, 215 surgical support staff, and just 1 almighty neurosurgeon. Miraculously, there were no complications, and total estimated blood loss was only 100 cc.
A few anesthesiologists voiced opposition to the concurrent procedures, but were overruled, stating they could easily be replaced by voice-activated OR tables.
The Gomerblog team reached out to several of the surgical patients for interview, all of whom were completely surprised to hear they were part of concurrent surgeries. Oops… our bad!!!