"Surgeons Need To Consider Their Well-Being On Behalf of Patients"
At the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Baron Lonner, MD, chief of minimally invasive scoliosis at the Mount Sinai Health System, spoke about musculoskeletal overuse injuries in orthopedic surgeons due to the performance of repetitive and forceful tasks. “We place hundreds of screws into the spine per year. Over the course of decades of practice, it begins to have an impact, just as someone who plays tennis or is a laborer and does repetitive work can have injuries,” he said. Dr. Lonner said more ergonomic ways to perform surgery and use of better tools, such as power tools and imaging, monitors and scopes, will not only help extend an orthopedics surgeon’s career, but also make surgery safer and more effective.
— Baron S. Lonner, MD, Professor, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Chief, Minimally Invasive Scoliosis, Mount Sinai Health System