richmana519 karma2013-12-24 22:48:05 UTC
Hey, man, I'm sure this will get buried, but I'm a perfusionist; I'm the one who runs the heart-lung machine. A perfusionist will be the one taking over the function of your heart and lungs (hence, the name of the machine), cooling your body, and just taking care of you/your body throughout the surgery. We are well-trained and only the best are allowed to work during surgeries like yours. I've done about ten surgeries like the one you'll be getting (with deep hypothermic circulatory arrest; we cool you down and stop your blood flow temporarily), and I've been doing this for only about three years. I'm sure you'll be in great hands. Good luck, sir.
Edit: link for the lazy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfusionist
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richmana360 karma2013-10-28 19:04:45 UTC
Side note: I love how Riccar's website is slow as fuck after seeing that he recommends them for Americans.
richmana7 karma2014-04-06 00:08:39 UTC
This is an amazing answer.
richmana6 karma2015-09-04 00:41:56 UTC
Haha, I know how that is! I work in heart surgery, and my family asks me about any sort of shit they've got going on, (like joint pain). I always tell them to go to a goddamn doctor, haha.
richmana3 karma2015-09-04 00:22:44 UTC
Hey Veruca, do your family members bug you for tax advice every year?
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