Intraoperative Teamwork: Two-Surgeon Model

Andrew K. Chan, Brenton Pennicooke, Sigurd H. Berven, Praveen V. Mummaneni

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In this chapter, Dr. Chan, Dr. Pennicooke, Dr. Berven, and Dr. Mummaneni discuss the two-surgeon model with a neurosurgeon and an orthopedic spine surgeon. The two-surgeon model is associated with a decrease in blood loss, complication rates, reoperations, surgical site infections, venous thromboembolisms, and urinary tract infections. The foundation for a successful two-surgeon spine team is built on communication, knowledge of personal strengths, and humility and trust. Remember that'in isolation'a Woodson elevator and Kerrison rongeur alone does not permit safe exposure of the neural elements during surgery. Rather, it is both-Woodson and Kerrison, brains and brawn, neurosurgeon and orthopedic surgeon'that are best when working together.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSurviving Neurosurgery
Subtitle of host publicationVignettes of Resilience
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9783030869175
ISBN (Print)9783030869168
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • Co-surgeon
  • Neurological surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Two-surgeon spine model


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