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Considering surgery usually last hours, How do professional surgeons keep there composure for all that time, especially in a life or death situation? What type of pre-planning is put in place?

I plan on becoming a Neuro surgeon. And I have no idea how the surgical process is taken place. I just know the general idea. #masters-degree #doctorate #surgery #hospital-and-health-care #medicine


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Rachel’s Answer

Surgeons receive years of training prior to operating on their own. They spend thousands of hours in thousands of different stressful situations learning how to treat patients in both calm and chaotic atmospheres. Maintaining composure is a large part of being a leader in the operating room and is a learned skill that takes time.

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Haylei’s Answer

I'm not a surgeon, but I used to work with neurosurgeons in the OR. Honestly, I think they just get used to the stress because they are dealing with it so often. I'd encourage you to shadow in the OR if you haven't yet.

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Richard’s Answer

After years of training including 4 years of medical school, 5 years of residency, and optional years in fellowship, surgeons are prepared for most any circumstance and can use their years of experience to keep calm and collected during stressful times.

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Estelle’s Answer

Like with any job, surgery requires focus and practice. I am a gynecologic surgeon. I get started in surgery and completely lose track of time because I am completely invested in the operation. You will not be distracted, and your stress decreases with more experience. You will also have colleagues that you can call on for assistance. Good luck!

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Janet’s Answer

There is a team that works with the surgeon. That takes a lot of pressure off just one person. The surgeon has prepared as well. They have many years of experience and training for these situations.

Janet recommends the following next steps:

Continue to read academic peer reviewed journals of surgery such as the American college of surgery journal or Gut. These journals will give you accurate experiences of surgeons.

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