I've had knee injuries and surgeries in the past that make standing for long hours in one position very sore and uncomfortable. I'm interested in going into surgery, but heard a bit about the "machismo" in the US where surgeons refuse to sit while performing surgery and that they see residents who take a seat as weak and not worthy of going into the profession.
However, in the hospitals that I've had a chance to observe in (Europe, Asia, South America), I've noticed that surgeons don't seem to share the same attitude. If their operation is long, they'll ask for a stool, or just have one from the very beginning. Is the too-good-to-sit attitude limited to North America? Or to certain specialties?
So a question for the surgeons on meddit — do you sit? From the very beginning? Or only after a few hours when you get tired? How do you view young trainees that want to sit? And if you could add where you practice that would be great!
And for those surgeons who don't sit at all during surgery — how long have you been at it, and do you get used to it?
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