Ergonomics in the operating room with Dr. Scott Hollenbeck and Dr. Geoffroy Sisk

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Our experts discuss their own personal struggles with injuries sustained in the operating room due to poor ergonomics. Learn tips for how to prevent neck and back pain as a busy surgeon.

Topics Covered:

  • How ergonomics affects surgeons’ careers
  • How to address injuries and change your practice to avoid injuries
  • Advice for medical students on surgical rotations
  • Good ergonomics habits to develop as residents
  • Advice for headlight and loupe use
  • Microscope positioning
  • Footware recommendations
  • Benefit of taking breaks during cases
  • Importance of stretching


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Sergesketter AR, Lubkin DT, Shammas RL, Krucoff KB, Peskoe SB, Risoli T, Jr., et al. The Impact of Ergonomics on Recruitment to Surgical Fields: A Multi-Institutional Survey Study. J Surg Res. 2019;236:238-46. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2018.11.035.

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