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Erica Sutton, MD, was nearly a victim of her chosen profession. She was too young of a surgeon for her shoulders to ache and her hands to throb. Or so she thought. "The pain began during my residency — I hadn't even begun my laparoscopic fellowship," recalls the associate pro- fessor of general surgery at University of Louisville (Ky.) School of Medicine. "It became obvious that I had to figure out how to operate comfortably so my career wasn't over before it started." Like many surgeons, Dr. Sutton focused on patient care at the expense of her own well-being. That attitude, thankfully, is changing as more surgeons are realizing that in order to take care of their patients, they must first take care of themselves. Paying attention to posture Surgeons spend years learning surgical tech- niques — how to han- dle instruments, how to make a stitch, how to expose tissue — with very little instruction or empha- sis placed on proper ergonomics and pos- ture, according to Michael Lidsky, MD, a gastrointestinal sur- geon at Duke Cancer Center in Durham, N.C. "We're taught how to be a surgeon, 1 0 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 9

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