Why Surgeons Suffer Injuries from Minimally Invasive Techniques

By Malissa Carroll
UMMC Web Team

According to the findings of a recent University of Maryland survey, surgeons who engage in minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgery, while providing great benefits to their patients, are possibly doing so at an increased risk to their own overall health and well being.

The survey, developed by Adrian E. Park, M.D., chief of general surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center and professor of surgery and vice chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, found that 87 percent of laparoscopic surgeons have experienced physical symptoms or discomfort as a result of managing the unique surgical constraints associated with laparoscopic surgery.

Dr. Park explains the challenges of performing minimally invasive surgery and how these challenges limit the surgeon’s movements and impact his or her body both during and after the procedure in this video.

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