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Guide to Surgery

This guide will primarily be useful for doctors and roboticists but may come in handy to any player and especially traitors

There are several types of surgery - for biological subjects, for mechanical subjects, and miscellaneous procedures that use surgery mechanics for a non-surgical purpose.

The Basics

Tools of the Trade

If you're going to practice the noble art of healing, you'll need the right equipment to hand. Here's the full set of things you'll need to have to hand (although not all at once). There are also upgraded versions that Research can produce, and make-do alternatives you can use in a pinch - but those might not work quite as well.

Scalpel Hemostat Retractor Bone Saw Cautery Bone Gel Bone Setter Fix-o-Vein Surgical Drill Peridaxon
Scalpel.pngHemostat.pngRetractor.pngBoneSaw.pngCautery.pngBoneGel.pngBoneSetter.pngFixoVein.pngSurgicalDrill.pngPeridaxon.png
Trauma Kit Nanopaste MMI Anesthetic Gas Medical Mask Sterile Mask Latex Gloves Dropper Biopsy Scanner Blood Bag
TraumaKit.pngNanopaste.pngMMI.pngAnestheticTank.pngMedicalMask.pngSterileMask.pngLatexGloves.pngDropper.pngBiopsyScanner.pngBloodBag.png

Note: The more advanced scalpels from RnD let you skip steps when opening surgical cuts. The Laser Scalpels all skip the hemostat step, while the Incision Management System skips both the hemostat step and the retractor step, greatly speeding up the process. Other than that, they function as scalpels in all regards.

Appropriate surroundings

There's more to surgery than just the tools - you should make sure you're ready before starting. To make a procedure is done quickly, easily, and without complications, you should:

You can't do surgery just anywhere. The best place to have your patient while operating is on a surgery table. If that's impossible you can keep them strapped into a medical roller bed or even just have them lie on a table, although these make it easy to slip and injure your patient by accident. You should also make sure you're not going to be interrupted in the middle of a procedure - you have to finish your work if you want your patient to survive.

Biological Patients

So You're a Surgeon

Congratulations! If you're reading this, you're either a capable medical professional or something has gone horribly wrong. As a surgeon, your role in medical is to make sure that the bones, organs, and blood stay inside your patient and aren't leaking more than expected. In a proper operating theater with a full set of appropriate tools, this is an easy task! For a step by step primer to every task you're likely to encounter, read on.

Before Operating

Make sure your patient is prepared

Surgery is a traumatic experience. Most patients will prefer to be sedated or anesthetized before you start working on them (and the ones that refuse both are just plain silly). Your best option is anesthetic gas tanks - putting someone on gas will keep them pain free and asleep, preventing them from moving mid-procedure and injuring themselves and be easily removed afterward. You can also use injected or ingested soporific for a similar effect, although this is less convenient as you'll need to remove any remaining soporific after the surgery to wake the patient up. Painkillers such as oxycodone and tramadol are also effective for pain management during surgery if the patient is unwilling or unable to be sedated.

Make sure your hands are clean

Infections are lethal in the long term. The easiest way to make sure your patient stays complication-free is to take precautions against causing them by ensuring that your hands aren't teeming with germs. Washing your hands is an effective preventative measure, and you can also use sterilizine on yourself and your tools to be absolutely sure of their cleanliness. Wherever possible, you should also wear proper dress for the occasion - surgical scrubs, a surgical cap, latex gloves, and a breath or surgical mask all help protect your patient from you. If you can't do most of these things or you're just cautious, make sure to give your patient a shot of penicillin before or after the procedure.

The Procedures

Opening and Closing
What You're DoingWhere To AimSteps To Take
Opening an incisionThe body part to be operated onScalpel.pngHemostat.pngRetractor.png
Closing an incisionThe body part to be closed upCautery.png
Opening the head or bodyThe head or upper bodyScalpel.pngHemostat.pngRetractor.png{{https://wiki.ss13polaris.com/images/5/55/BoneSaw.png?nolink&32x32Retractor.png
Closing the head or bodyThe head or upper bodyRetractor.pngBoneGel.pngCautery.png
Treating Problems
What You're DoingWhere To AimSteps To Take
Fixing Broken BonesWhere the broken bone isOpen an incision → BoneGel.pngBoneSetter.png{{https://wiki.ss13polaris.com/images/5/5c/BoneGel.png?nolink&32x32 → Close incision
Fixing Brute or BurnWhich limb is damaged.Open an incision - > BiopsyScanner.png → Brute: {{https://wiki.ss13polaris.com/images/8/81/TraumaKit.png?nolink&32x32 / Cautery.png Burn: Burnkit.png / FixoVein.png - > Repeat previous step until damage is removed. - > Close incision.
Repairing Internal OrgansHead, upper, or lower bodyOpen → TraumaKit.png / Nanopaste.png → Close
Reattaching a BrainstemHeadOpen → Insert Brain → FixoVein.pngSurgicalDrill.png{{https://wiki.ss13polaris.com/images/4/48/Hemostat.png?nolink&32x32FixoVein.png{{https://wiki.ss13polaris.com/images/5/5c/BoneGel.png?nolink&32x32Hemostat.png → Close
Stopping Internal BleedingWhere the internal bleeding isOpen → FixoVein.png → Close
Removing Limbs and Preparation for ProsthesisThe extremity or stump to removeBoneSaw.png → Target Higher (the arm for a hand, the body for an arm, the leg for a foot, the groin for a leg) → {{https://wiki.ss13polaris.com/images/8/81/TraumaKit.png?nolink&32x32 (To bandage)
Replacing Limbs & HeadsThe extremity or stump to replaceClick with replacement limb → Hemostat.png
Extracting ObjectsWhere the embedded object isOpen → Hemostat.png until successful → Close
Implanting ObjectsWhere you want to embed the objectOpen → SurgicalDrill.png → Object to implant → {{https://wiki.ss13polaris.com/images/d/db/FixoVein.png?nolink&32x32 if a vein is torn → Close
Damaged FacesMouthOpen incision → Close
Removing Internal OrgansHead, upper, or lower bodyOpen → Scalpel.png{{https://wiki.ss13polaris.com/images/4/48/Hemostat.png?nolink&32x32 → Close
Transplanting Internal OrgansHead, upper, or lower bodyOpen → Scalpel.png → Replacement Organ → {{https://wiki.ss13polaris.com/images/d/db/FixoVein.png?nolink&32x32 → Close
Removing NecrosisThe necrotic areaOpen → Scalpel.png{{https://wiki.ss13polaris.com/images/8/8d/Dropper.png?nolink&32x32 with Peridaxon → Close
Autopsies & BiopsiesThe damaged areaOpen → BiopsyScanner.png → Close

Synthetic Patients

So you're a Roboticist

Congratulations! As a roboticist you don't have to worry about unpleasantries like patients bleeding to death, but your Synthetic crewmates can be every bit as clumsy as the more traditional meat-people. Thankfully, your lab is equipped with fully featured surgical facilities for both assembly and repairs prosthetic limbs and bodies. Here, we'll be covering repairs in detail.

The Procedures

Opening and Closing
What You're DoingWhere To AimSteps To Take
Opening a hatchThe prosthetic to be operated onScrewdriver.pngCrowbar.png
Closing a hatchThe body part to be closed upCrowbar.png
Treating Problems
What You're DoingWhere To AimSteps To Take
Fixing Brute DamageWhere the damage isWear your WeldingMask.pngWelderOn.gif
Fixing Burn DamageWhere the damage isOpen → CableCoil.png (Repeat until fixed) → Close
Repairing Internal OrgansHead, upper, or lower bodyOpen → Screwdriver.png / Nanopaste.png → Close
Removing LimbsThe extremity or stump to removeBoneSaw.png → Target Higher (the arm for a hand, the body for an arm, the leg for a foot, the groin for a leg)
Replacing Limbs & HeadsThe extremity or stump to replaceBoneSaw.png → Target Higher (the arm for a hand, the body for an arm, the leg for a foot, the groin for a leg) → Close
Extracting ObjectsWhere the embedded object isOpen → Hemostat.png until successful → Close
Implanting ObjectsWhere you want to embed the objectOpen → SurgicalDrill.png → Object to implant → {{https://wiki.ss13polaris.com/images/d/db/FixoVein.png?nolink&32x32 if a vein is torn → Close
Damaged FacesHeadFix any brute + burn damage
Removing Internal OrgansHead, upper, or lower bodyOpen → Multitool.png → Close
Transplanting/Inserting Internal OrgansHead, upper, or lower bodyOpen → Replacement Organ → Screwdriver.png → Close
Transplanting MMIHeadOpen → Replacement MMI → Close



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