Some thoughts before I start this breast biopsy.
1. Go Tribe. Sabathia against Beckett tonight. We'll see who really deserves the Cy Young.
2. Interesting info on Taxol based chemotherapy for breast cancer. A study in Europe suggests that it's not as useful for women with Her-2-Neu negative tumors.
3. I had a post op complication this week. We won't get into details but it involved bleeding, enough that mandated a return to the OR in the middle of the night. There's no job more humbling than being a surgeon. Errors are inevitable. This one was sort of fluky, but you always feel culpable. It's always tough facing the patient and their family afterward. How did this happen, they ask. I've found the best way to handle these potentially awkward situations is to be completely candid and humble. Don't lie. Tell them exactly what happened. I made a mistake. I found the problem. I fixed it. I think patients appreciate that. Just don't make too many mistakes.
4. I'm starting to really like the laparoscopic inguinal hernia. Patients recover quicker, unquestionably. I had a guy recently who does that Ultimate Fighting craziness, returned to training 3 weeks after a bilateral hernia repair.
5. Anyone out there utilizing the Mammosite partial breast irradiation technique? A rep is coming to our office next week to discuss the possibilities.