Naval Surgical Team Performs First Surgery at Sea

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:41am

The USS Mesa Verde made history in July with the first surgery aboard the Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship. The procedure was also the first ever surgery done by members of an Expeditionary Resuscitative Surgical System (ERSS) team since the teams were created in 2009.

The surgery, led by general surgeon Lt. Cmdr. Kara Wanchick of ERSS Team 12, was for a Marine with a severe hand infection that was potentially limb threatening, according to a release from the Navy.

Originally the ship had planned to transport the Marine to a shore-based facility, but high seas and distance from shore prohibited flight operations and forced the procedure be completed aboard the ship.

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