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In these modern days, the role that magnification devices play in a surgical setting can never be just taken for granted. The use of surgical loupe has long been recognized for providing a lot of benefits to the operator and to the patient. But what really is the role of surgical loupe in the refinement of new and effective surgical techniques?
Technological advancements have undeniably resulted in various revolutionary developments in almost all aspects of life including in the field of medicine and surgery. These advancements have also contributed a lot in developing new surgical techniques, tools, and devices including implant and suture materials, intraoperative imaging, miniaturization of instruments, developments in endoscopy, stereotactic surgery, and magnification devices like the loupes for surgeons.
The application of surgical magnification and the continuous advancements of surgical loupes technology have greatly changed reconstructive and microvascular surgery. With the availability of surgical loupes, even specialized and complex surgical procedures most especially in the field of urology, pediatric surgery, vascular surgery, oncology, transplantation surgery, otorhinolaryngology, neurosurgery, plastic and hand surgery, and other surgical disciplines have been made possible. Magnification also helps make suture placement become easier and more accurate. With proper magnification, surgeons are able to enhance visualization of tissues, to better position microsurgical tools, and to appreciate accurate anatomic details as well as smaller neuro vasculature.
Surgical loupes also help surgeons minimize nerve injuries and positive margins while performing surgical procedures. In some cases, the surgical magnifying loupes are also needed in the Emergency Room in treating and caring for wounds as well as in skin closure. With an enhanced vision of the surgical area, surgeons are also able to better understand the anatomic details of different regions and organs during endoscopic surgeries. Surgical loupes are also found helpful in the correction of different congenital anomalies in new born babies.
Apart from these significant roles that magnification loupe plays in surgical procedures, surgeons can also benefit from the ergonomic advantage it offers. Surgical magnification loupe allows surgeons to work within specified working distance and to have a better view of the surgical region without the need to bend forward or closer to the patient.
Surgical Loupe indeed offers many advantages. However, despite the many benefits it provides, many surgeons around the world still do not embrace the idea of using surgical loupes and other magnification optical devices. Many of them are doubtful because of the negative effects of using bulky traditional magnification devices. Unlike these traditional devices, surgical loupes are more portable, lightweight, and convenient to use. It does not cause eye fatigue and neck, shoulder, and back pain as well. It promotes healthy posture while working and at the same time allow you to work faster and more comfortably. It also provides accurate and easy visual access to the operating field. And, it is much cheaper than the traditional microscope.
Although some surgeons do not want to use magnification devices, we are still encouraging them to at least try the portable surgical loupe and see how it can help them enhance their performance and the quality of their work.