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COVID-19 Crisis - April 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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3 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A P R I L 2 0 2 0 K enneth Levin, MD, was per- forming his fourth big abdominal case of the day when his neck and back suddenly froze. "The PA looked at me, and I looked at her, and she knew instantly I was in big trouble," he recalls. "I had a whole roomful of peo- ple watching me just standing there, paralyzed." After a couple minutes, Dr. Levin regained some mobility and finished the case. Retirement entered his mind. "But I didn't want to do that," he says. "I loved operating. I was good at it, and things had been going so well. So I pushed myself." Less than a year later, though, he reluctantly performed his final surgery. "It was difficult," he recalls. "I thought I was at my prime, and it turned out my body couldn't keep up." Dr. Levin practiced general and colorectal surgery in Madison, Wis., • BITTERSWEET GOODBYE Kenneth Levin, MD, (right) with long- time partner, general surgeon Susan Charboneau, MD, on his last day as an OR first assistant at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, Wis. Joe Paone | Senior Associate Editor I Used to Be a Surgeon Increased awareness about ergonomics in the OR will help prevent career-ending injuries. Kenneth Levin, MD

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