It’s the rare patient who asks how you, the surgeon, are going to hold up during their surgery, but the question does come on occasion. I try to answer honestly. It’s grueling. In the world of neurosurgery, it’s particularly grueling. Neurosurgeons are often dealing with conditions that need perfect magnification and illumination. We end up hunched over a microscope or with loupes and manipulating surgical tools at a very careful pace to maintain top precision. This goes on for hours.
Sometimes eight. Sometimes more. Hunched over. Peering into the microscope.
You can see it in the eyes of those patients who thought to ask. It’s the look that says, How do you hold up doing this for hours?
All that hunching is one reason we feel fortunate to obtain a new ORBEYE 4K 3D video microscope to help us get the job done.
Painful bending or hunching has been replaced by “heads up” surgery. The video capture is displayed on a 55” big screen, in real time, and with 26X magnification, which is a good bit more advanced than the 15X we’ve used for years.
For a surgeon who treats a lot of painful spine conditions, some caused by repetitive actions, it’s a relief to know I can protect my own back for my future days doing the work I love.
But will patients be as excited as I am? After all, why should they care about my comfort on the job?