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  Global Journal of Surgery 2012, 3: 3
  Research Article
Ergonomics of the endocrine surgeon
  Melanie Goldfarba, Sareh Parangib  
a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
sup>b Endocrine Surgery Program, Thyroid Cancer Research Laboratory Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

  Ergonomics of the endocrine surgeon : There is no data on neck and back injury rates or operating room hazards for endocrine surgeons. An IRB-approved online survey was sent to all AAES members with valid email addresses. Response rate 31% (60/190); 88% male, 80% US institutions, 12% European, 75% large academic hospitals. 40% experienced neck discomfort; almost half of those (12/25) sought treatment (p<.001). 19% had back discomfort, >80% (10/12) sought treatment (p<.001). Of those with discomfort, 58% utilized massage, 42% required physical therapy, and 35% visited a physician. Bad table height, loupes, poor operating room lighting and greater operative load were assessed as contributing factors to overall neck, back, and shoulder discomfort in some surgeons. Only 50% of surgeons were aware of ergonomic guidelines with no difference among genders, age groups, or country of origin. Endocrine surgeons should not only be aware of ergonomic guidelines, but institute changes and seek intervention when physical discomfort persists.
  Ergonomics; Endocrine Surgery; Survey  

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