Monday, November 11, 2013

The role of the surgeon in the result of surgery

For any person, it takes time to acquire a new skill - whether it is painting, golf, woodcarving or a surgical procedure new to that surgeon. The manner in which the skill level moves from beginner to advanced is referred to as the 'learning curve'. This learning curve is different for every person and every skill. 

The learning curve has been well documented with respect to the acquisition of surgical skill. We like to say, 'the surgeon is the method'. It matters who holds the surgical tools, just like it matters who holds the paint brush.

Here are some relevant posts.
   Effect of surgeon volume on the result
   Effect of surgeon volume on cost and outcome
   Effect of surgeon volume on cost
   Effect of surgeon experience on outcome
   Effect of surgeon experience on complications
   Effect of surgeon experience on result 1
   Effect of surgeon experience on result 2
   Effect of surgeon volume on revision rate
   Effect of provider volume
   Effect of surgeon volume on shoulder arthroplasty result
   Effect of hospital volume

Conflict of Interest
   The Sunshine Act/Industry Payments to Doctors
   Sunshine rule
   Disclosing conflict of interest
   Conflict of interest and liability
   Demographics of disclosure at the AAOS
   Effect of company support
   Thromboembolic prophylaxis and conflict of interest
   Conflict of interest and MRIs
   Conflicts of interest

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