Compassion in surgical care is a slogan that is thrown around a lot these days on the internet. What makes compassion in surgical care so important? And what is compassion, exactly? Is it even important for a surgeon and her staff to have this quality?
Other words for compassion include love, concern, sensitivity, kindness and tolerance. A surgeon who demonstrates compassion in surgical care imagines herself as a patient, with the fears and concerns that go along with being ill. It is stepping alongside a patient, acknowledging their concerns, and guiding them into an area of health and wellness through the correction of the illness.
Surgeons do not work on their own and so at it’s best, compassionate care in surgery involves a loving, professional staff that support the vision of the surgeon. Compassionate care also involves a state of the art surgical facility where the highest standards of care, including safety for patients, can be administrated. And, it includes 100% transparency related to the financial aspects of care so that financial stress is minimized.
At Geisler Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we strive to exhibit kindness, love, sensitivity and tolerance to all of our patients while maintaining excellence in surgical outcomes. As a female surgeon, loving kindness is what I strive for as well as technical surgical excellence. I treat others as I would wish to be treated as a patient and view my patients as family.
Compassion is the foundation for everything that we do at Geisler Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.