Skip to content
Advertisements

Old surgeons

February 14, 2012

Less skilled. Maybe wiser

A 57-year-old’s take on this week’s BMJ suggestion (click here) that operating skills deteriorate after age 50.

Older surgeons see trouble coming, modify operations, refer cases to colleagues or decline to operate at all. I do all this, and end up doing easier operations. My enemies say I’ve become timid, kind friends say I’ve got wiser, but honest outsiders must conclude that my complication rates underestimate any deterioration in my technical abilities.

When trainees say: “This one’s easy Prof. You can do it”, we laugh, but they’re not joking!

Jim Thornton

Advertisements
No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: