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What Surgeons Want - November 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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A second vendor immediately responded exuberantly to my request for material support. The head of sales for his company paid a goodwill visit to my OR lounge in order to more fully understand my needs. In a matter of days, I was the proud recipient of 2 large boxes brimming with rotator cuff and glenoid anchors, suture retrievers and suture passers. I also smuggled several suture passers in my checked bag. These delicate and disposable shoulder instruments helped save the day dur- ing the execution of the 2 live surgeries. Faith in humankind In addition to delivering lectures, I was asked to perform 2 live arthro- scopic shoulder surgeries in order to fully convey to my audience the newest techniques in rotator cuff and instability surgery. OR condi- tions in Nicaragua were challenging, to put it mildly: no traction appa- ratus, a cracked camera lens, a non-English speaking scrub nurse and implants that had the structural strength of seaweed. But thanks to the heroic gestures of my treasured staff and sales comrades, the sur- geries culminated in successful outcomes and 2 people received care that was otherwise unavailable. Every time I travel abroad and experience other surgical cultures, I have a renewed sense of thanksgiving. The inherent goodness in all of us is often manifested most profoundly when we all unite for a common goal. Most of us are drawn to a vocation in health care because we sim- ply enjoy the act of serving one another by promoting healing. Service trips provide the opportunity to serve like no other venue. Sharing resources with those less fortunate generates feelings of fulfillment and satisfaction that predictably exceed the rewards of caring for those more privileged. OSM Dr. Kelly (johndak4@gmail.com) is an orthopedic surgeon/sports-shoulder specialist who practices in Philadelphia, Pa. 1 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 6 Cutting Remarks CR

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