"Ant ears” is surgical jargon for the perfect length. The medical student will repeatedly be asked to cut suture. Sometimes the knot will accidentally be cut, but most times the student will cut “too long” or “too short”. Fifty or more attempts will usually produce a reliable knot cutter capable of trying more advanced techniques like tying suture around some non vital structure - maybe closing skin or holding a drain in place.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Updated 3/2017-- all links (except to my own posts) removed as many no longer active.
Four years ago I began this blog. It amazes me to realize all the wonderful people I have meet (some even in real life) along the way. Many are still actively writing, but others are not and I miss them.
I miss SurgeXperiences, a grand rounds of surgery related posts.
I miss Surgeonsblog. Go read some of the “sampler” posts.
I miss Ant Ears written by a surgery resident. Thoughtful, well written, deleted so not even there to go back and read. From one of my old “shout out” post, I found the exert that described why he called his blog Ant Ears
I miss Dr. Rob, Musing of a Distractible Mind, who “unplugged” back December 30, 2010. He has recently re-emerged on twitter so perhaps he will begin to write again.
I wonder what happened to Bright Lights, Cold Steel, “a surgery resident in the fifth and last year of training. Desperately seeking balance,” who’s last post was in 2008. Are you in private practice? Have you joined a group? Are you an academic surgeon? I hope you are doing well.
While Moof, All Blogged Up: A Moof's Tale, and the Merry Laundress don’t blog any more, I get to play scrabble with them on facebook. I correspond with Chrysalis Angel via email.
There are others I miss as well:
Charmaine's Pastry Blog (last post December 2010)
Donorcycle (last post February 2010)
IntraopOrate (last post January 2011)
Just Up The Dose (last post October 2009)
Marianas Eye (November 2009)
Rural Doctoring (last post August 2010)
I apologize to all of you for not being as active in leaving comments on your blog posts these days. Thank you for enriching my life.