I just got the call from the hospital with my surgery schedule for tomorrow.

  • No food or water after midnight.
  • I have to be at the hospital between 5:30-6:00 am.
  • I go in to surgery at 7:30 am.
  • The surgery itself takes around an hour.
  • After surgery, I get brought into the recovery room for a few hour to make sure I’m ok.
  • If all goes well, I’ll be back home around noon.

Being the weirdo I am, I asked:
a) could I get a recording of the surgery, since it’s laparoscopic and is already being viewed on a video screen, and
b) could I get the gall bladder itself, in a specimen jar or whatever, so I could get a look at the thing first-hand.

Typically, the answer on both was no, though atypically, not a definitive no.

They can probably get still images, since the nurse says those are usually attached to the patient records.
And I can probably get some of the gallstones, so I can at least see what those look like.