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Surgery is a skilled occupation that requires a number of abilities and attributes. Good surgical performance depends on the ability of the surgeon, their training and experience, and, in addition, their level of physical fitness. While there’s no doubt that maintaining a physical fitness programme takes time and dedication, surgeons who optimise their fitness levels will gain physical advantages that enable them to perform at their very best.
Microsurgery may not be physically demanding in the same way as manual labour. However, while eye surgeons do not need to expend a lot of energy moving about or lifting heavy weights, the physical requirements of the job are not trivial. Surgical performance can be affected by the following physical attributes:
Keeping physically fit not only improves muscle and strength; it also helps to cultivate a mind that is sharp, alert and quick to react – vital when performing surgery. In order to perform at our very best, it’s important to be prepared both physically and mentally. This can be achieved through both physical and mental preparation:
Surgery is a demanding activity, and just like sport, it requires a high level of mental and physical fitness. Indeed, it has much in common with activities like Formula 1 racing and golf, both of which demand a high level of precision, stamina and agility from their practitioners. In recent years, it has become the norm for drivers and players to undergo onerous physical training in order to hone their performance. In future, the same may well apply to surgical practitioners – helping to improve surgical performance outcomes for patients.