No Longer a Pain in the Neck: Use of Operating Microscope for Palatoplasty

Shoichiro A. Tanaka, Nilesh M. Patel, Ananth S. Murthy

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Summary For craniofacial surgeons, cleft palate repair is an intricate and difficult operation positionally. Historically, use of loupe magnification and a headlight can cause significant strain to the surgeon's neck and, at times, subpar optics for both the operator and the assistant. The use of an operating microscope was first advocated by Sommerlad in 2003. By using the operating microscope for cleft palate closure, there are improved ergonomics for the surgeon and assistant by allowing for straight in-line back and neck posture with excellent visualization of the surgical field for the entire surgical team. The available zoom and focus improve the ability to isolate and repair the levator veli palatini muscle. Proper posture with a neutral cervical spine will help prolong a surgeon's career and ability to care for their patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E3196
JournalPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Global Open
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 29 2020


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