Antigua 2018: Photo Gallery

Our week went by very quickly and successfully! In total, our group performed 75 surgeries. Our urology team did 41 procedures and our ENTs did 34. Audiology met with 173 patients. They did 111 hearing evaluations, fit 148 hearing aids for 140 people and adjusted hearing aids for returning patients.   We'd like to thank our OR staff and ENT group who didn't get a chance to be featured on the blog this week. They all did phenomenal work, and we wouldn't have been able to accomplish what we did without their help.   If you'd like to see more photos from ...

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Antigua 2018 – Anesthesiologists: They Never Get Tired of Sleeping

Our anesthesiology team has been working with all the patients at Las Obras this week to prepare each person for surgery. They work across all teams, and they usually see around 100 patients by the end of the week, according to Dr. Terry. “Our goal is to make people comfortable,” he said.   In addition to helping patients get through their surgeries comfortably, our anesthesiology volunteers have also been taking time to reflect on what brought them here this week. Some of them have had their own battles in the hospital that got them involved in medicine, ...

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Antigua 2018 – Patience & Patients

Our team members working in the recovery room have been helping patients wake up on the right side of the hospital bed this week as they trickle in after surgery.   The volunteers in the recovery room, or Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, make sure each patient is as comfortable as they possibly can be after their operations. “We help people wake up, and we help control their pain,” said Dr. Steve.   Since surgeries have started, our PACU team has been checking patients’ blood pressure as they wake up, making sure patients can wiggle their fingers and ...

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Antigua 2018 – Audiology (Ear)drums Up Patients

Our audiology group has been swiftly moving through their patients this week. So far, they’ve seen 87 patients in total, performed 51 hearing tests and fit 61 people with hearing aids.   Many of the patients this year are returning for checkups, and some need replacement hearing aids that have been ruined by ash from Fuego’s eruption. Most patients are receiving just one hearing aid this week for the ear they struggle to hear with the most, and some of them might return next year for a second one if needed.   Some members on this year's team ...

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Antigua 2018 – Urine for a Treat

Team Urology is one of our veteran groups of doctors on the Antigua mission – this is Dr. Scott’s ninth trip, Dr. Marc’s eighth and Dr. Tom’s fifth. But even for veterans, some cases are pretty rare for them to handle in Guatemala. Today all three physicians worked together, along with medical student David, to do a nephrectomy. This is a common procedure for each urologist to do in the U.S., but it hasn’t been done on our group’s mission to Antigua since 2011.   In the U.S., a nephrectomy isn’t very invasive. The whole surgery can be completed ...

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Antigua 2018 – Welcome to Las Obras!

After a long day of traveling on our flights that left dark and early, our team arrived safely at our hotel in Antigua. So far, nobody seems to have had any issues with the air quality from the volcanic eruptions, but we’ve brought masks for our volunteers that they can choose to wear just in case. There is ash on the ground between the cobblestones, but that’s really the only effect we’ve seen so far.   This morning we began work at Las Obras Hermano Pedro Hospital. Our medical staff met with patients in the clinics, and tomorrow will pick up as surgeries ...

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Antigua 2018 – Mission Memories

Our volunteers are anxiously awaiting our 21st mission to Antigua next week – emphasis on the anxious this year with all of the news about Fuego’s volcanic eruption. As of right now, no plans for the trip have changed, but we’re carefully watching the news to make sure we will be able to safely carry out the mission. This year we have 49 volunteers joining us, and many of them are experienced from past trips in Antigua. As we are coming at a very difficult time, we would like to share a few of the happy memories and positive experiences some of our previous volunte...

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Antigua 2017 – Post Trip Thoughts & Team Photo Gallery

Once we were on the ground on a mission trip, so many remarkable encounters, extraordinary activities and meaningful moments fly by at such speed that it is hard to capture and process the experience. Now, as we are returning home to our normal routines, we will begin to find time to reflect and process our nine-day opportunity in Antigua, Guatemala. It will take time for all of this to settle in, but we are beginning to understand the significance of the experience, and we know that we have been forever changed. This has to be true, as many of those on this mission, are ...

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Antigua 2017 – Audiology’s Week

Working together the Ear, Nose & Throat doctors, the Audiologists determined the best course of treatment for the patients referred to them. Some patients ended up having surgery, while others were sent to Audiology for other treatments to help those with hearing loss. The Audiology team brought with them 150 hearing aids - some were donations, some bought, others refurbished. As of Friday evening, of the 185 patients seen, 140 hearing aids had been placed by Thursday evening. Children receive two, while adults get one, which help spread the supply out to as many as ...

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Antigua 2017 – Photo Gallery

Big thank you to Jessie Bennetts our volunteer mission photographer! Here is a photo gallery documenting the amazing work accomplished by the Antigua Team so far:  

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