Honduras Mission Trip- September 2018 – Day one surgery continues

We have many interesting cases to work on in the afternoon, including a few one eye cases (where the patients have lost an eye due to trauma or other problem) and the only eye left is now losing vision due to cataract or other issues that need to be addressed.

We also have a special case request from a young woman who has lost an eye previously due to trauma, and Dr. Kondrot needs to create a tunnel so she can have a prosthesis eye inserted

The team keeps Dr. Kondrot busy with two tables always ready to go. One surgery after the next. The pace is fast.

Record keeping for the surgeries is kept for the center.

Instrument sets are sterilized non-stop to keep up with Dr. Kondrot’s break-neck surgical speed.

The cook Elsa prepared a delicious lunch for the whole team. I don’t know the name of the dish but it is Honduran for sure, with corn and yuca and squash cooked into a wholesome soup and it is very delicious.

Here are our circulating nurses in the operating room. They are super efficient and hard working, quick and fast with preparing patients and get them ready for surgeries and also finishing at the end of each case with patching and getting the patients out of the surgery room.

And here is Dr. Kondrot with our blocking nurse who gets the patients ready for surgery with one syringe of numbing medicine to help with any discomfort during the operation. He is also joined by his assisting nurse who hands him the instruments he needs during surgery. They are the best. These two nurses are very efficient. They do their job so well it makes the surgeon’s life so easy!

After lunch, we get a case of a fifteen-year-old with a traumatic cataract that needs to Dr. Kondrot wants to take out as it is blinding the boy’s eye. We get him all prepared for surgery.

Unfortunately, the phaco machine broke down. This is one case we need this machine so Dr. Kondrot has to postpone his case for tomorrow, in the hope that a technician can fix the machine later on today.

The last case of the day is worth a mention. It is a mature white cataract. Typical of what we see on our mission trips.

He is a one eye case, with one eye already lost to trauma and corneal scars, now the other eye has a big white cataract! He will be so happy tomorrow when he can see again!

 We will report more tomorrow. Until then, Hasta Manana!

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