As a surgeon, you’re honored to work on people’s bodies trying to easing their suffer, eliminate some pain, removing diseased organs, fixing this and that. You improve people’s lifestyle. At times you even save them, but what about you?
Chasing ghosts, seems like it has nothing to do with surgery, but it is in the depths of your inner self that those insecurities come up and start building doubts where they should not exist.
How many times did you get yourself up in the morning and thought about how was the surgery going to be? How many times did you thought that the patient could die in your hands? Considerate all the possibilities its part of the job but maintaining your mental health, should be first.
Working on an operating room can be compared to a job of a pilot. You need to check the equipment the same way a pilot needs to check a plain before a flight. A good pilot will consider all the major decisions previous to taking a flight, a good surgeon will consider all the different outcomes before taking any surgical procedure. Professionalism, insight and instinct, it is all part of the job.
Keep your head up. Remember that you are the pilot of this flight and your confidence will inspire your team. Chase away the ghosts, for a moment. Take control of your actions. Your passion was what brought you into this field and it is what you need to stick up to. Work on empathy with the others and find a way to improve your work.
You know that people can suffer complications from surgery and you cannot blame yourself if something goes wrong. It can be related to the quality of the body that people bring to the operation room and remember that the only option to avoid complications is to not operate, which is not an available option for you. There is a host of seen and unseen factors that may be prompting those choices. Do not forget about it.
As a surgeon, you know that accidents can happen and you have the duty to warn your patient before any surgery. PeekMed wants to help you. You can plan your surgery using either X-Rays, CT scans or MRIs for any procedure type and using a CT scan or an MRI you can do the planning in 3D and visualize the problem from multiple angles in a couple of minutes.
This might be the way to stop those insecurities forever. Did you thought about it? You will also get to work a lot more on patient-doctor communication that many times seem to fail. You will earn their trust.
On 2016 September 28th, 29th and 30th the orthopedic surgery community is invited to be on the 53rd SECOT National Congress in Corunã. You will be able to discuss with other professionals about these insecurities. There will be an amount of various topics about orthopedic surgery, where you can share your thoughts and experiences with other professionals.
Find a way to improve your work and you will find a way to improve your life.