The study, based on surveys sent electronically to every orthopedic surgeon in Tennessee (28% of 495 responded), found that:
Manish K. Sethi, MD
"Some of these injuries were significant, having an impact on operating room performance and causing the surgeon to lose three or four weeks of work," Sethi says in a Vanderbilt University publication.
At 35, Sethi has been a surgeon for a decade, but he has so far evaded any "real injuries." A member of the orthopedic trauma team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, he does acknowledge some occasional hand stiffness, however.
No Relief via Technology
Technologies to alleviate the strain on surgeons' bodies are scarce. Aside from OR tables that apply traction and minimize the physical force a surgeon must exert, there has been "no game-changer in over 50 years," says Sethi.