Performing plastic surgery for trauma patients is the most challenging field because a surgeon has no time to prepare. Our Montana plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Stephen Hardy, has a strong background in performing plastic surgery for trauma patients. He loves the ability to help patients with traumatic conditions.
DR. STEPHEN HARDY: Trauma patients can be some of the most difficult in that you have absolutely no time to prepare. It was actually one of the interesting things about being in academic medicine is that a major trauma center, you had to be prepared for anything from a splinter to a gunshot wound to the face and have to act right away and have to know what to do right away.
And it was one of the great things about having a strong academic background that I think really, really helped me was that I got to a point where I felt that no matter what that beeper says, no matter what they say on the phone, I'm not afraid of it. I've seen it before. I know how to take care of it. And that's not in an overconfident or cocky sense at all. You just get a point where you feel like, you know, I know how to fix that. I'm not going to let it worry me. I know how to fix that.
So you sleep better at night, but you also know that, you know, I'm going to be able to walk into the ER and tell the patient's husband, wife or relative, they've got this, but this is how we're going to fix this, and reassure them that we're going to be able to take care of what the abnormality is, whether it be, you know, a broken facial bone or a lacerated structure.
I mean, I also have a background in microsurgery, so say with nerve injuries in the face, those kind of things, we can repair. Certain facial lacerations, facial fractures, that type of thing. It's something that actually is fun because all of a sudden it's kind of like opening the box and saying, here's your challenge. Go do it. You know, it's almost like on the cooking show. They say, here's your ingredient. Get to work on it.
So we'll just have to get to work on whatever trauma problem it is. But they turn out very well. We enjoy doing it very much.