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Did Skin Prep Fuel This Fire? - February 2017 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Living Your Bliss Reclaim your passion and do what makes your heart sing. S houlder surgery is my passion. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than repairing a rota- tor cuff tear the size of the Mojave Desert. And yet, I find myself doing complex knee recon- structions and hip arthroscopies simply because I can. Yes, it's difficult for any sur- geon to give anything up, but if given a choice between 5 shoulders or 5 knees in a surgical day, it's a no-brainer. Shoulders! We are all called to the noblest of all vocations. It's time we institute some measure of limitation on our work and be kinder to ourselves — and to our patients. It's a fact that happy health- care providers render better care. If you absolutely dread the urology room, but rejoice in working in ortho (a logi- cal choice), make your wishes known. Here's how I plan to follow my joy. Stretched too thin First, I won't book so many cases. Our beloved surgicenter is designed to be fully operational until 5 p.m. After this time, staff become exhausted, unintended overtime ensues, and the dreaded excessive costs and potential unanticipated admissions to the "Big Hospital" loom on many minds. Late last year, I stockpiled way too many cases in an effort to avert new fiscal year deductibles for many 1 4 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 • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 Cutting Remarks John D. Kelly IV, MD If you absolutely dread the urology room, but rejoice in working in ortho (a logical choice), make your wishes known. • JOYFUL LIFE Do more of what you love and less of what you loathe. Andre Flewellen

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