Dr. Rozeboom and another unidentified doctor performing a hysterectomy and uterine prolapse surgery on a 70-year-old woman, Monna Cleary, had the time to relay each step of the procedure to a hospital spokeswoman who posted them all to twitter. More than 300 messages were posted on St. Luke’s Hospital account in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
It is unclear why they tweeted every step of the surgery. Perhaps it was for educational purposes, to reach med school students on a different platform, something they can relate to.
Here are just a few selected tweets:
“Drs. making next four incisions right now, less than a 1/2 inch incisions. So far three of the five have been made.”
“Question about surgeon placement…one surgeon is operating at a console about 5 feet away from patient. Other dr. is at patient side”
“We have 2 instruments in the patient. One is a scissors and the other is for cauterizing.”
“There are two types of stitches used permanent and they dissolve….they are placing them now and will then put the graph in.”
“The graph is a Y shape & so the two top ends of the Y are attached one to ea. side of the cervix and the long end is attached to sacrum.”
“We are getting ready to secure the uterine muscles and then will do the hysterectomy.
“Dr. Rozeboom has removed the uterus now and will place it near the belly & remove it later.”“Doctor says we are about 1/2 way done with this procedure”
“Dr. Rozeboom is closing up the peritoneum right now. It looks like a long seam he is sewing shut.”
“Now we are going to do bladder repair & will undock the surgical robot to do this.”
“Dr. Rozeboom is getting ready for the next part of this surgery. He is changing surgical gowns and new getting gloves.”
“Both surgeons are stitching up the patient right now. Again, there are 5 incisions smaller than the size of a dime.”
“Now the drs. are looking in her bladder to make sure there are no holes.”
“Bladder is filled with fluid to allow them to view the bladder better.”
“The surgery is now complete. The catheter is going back in right now.”
According to Vitals.com, Dr. Jerry Rozeboom has a high patient rating, four out of four stars. He finished his medical degree and residency at University of Iowa School of Medicine.