On the days when I’m not sightseeing, I’m actually doing work. Here’s one in which we removed an entire segment of the spine to correct a deformity. I helped the orthopedic surgeon. If you don’t understand the picture, that’s fine and probably better. (This one’s for Jack.) It was a real tour de force.
The surprise was that I told the patient she needed surgery and she said, “OK” without blinking or negotiating. Here, even with death days or moments away, you will hear, “What will happen if I don’t have surgery?” It went very well and she is fine. I have since seen some of the most challenging pathology in my career. It’s interesting but unfortunate for some of the patients that I have encountered.