Towards the end of last year, eoSurgical put their support behind five oarsmen attempting to row across the Atlantic as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The team, Atlantic Body and Soul, have done it – crossing the finishing line in Antigua in just under 40 days.
They overcame treacherous seas, technical issues with their batteries (crucial for desalination of drinking water and also for running navigational equipment), and the physical challenge of rowing in two-hour shifts for 40 days. In doing so, they have raised significant funds for their two charities: Body & Soul and The Junction. We’re delighted to have played a small part in supporting their project.
Delivering excellent patient care trumps any sporting endeavour. However, this project mirrors some of the challenges we face as surgeons – and the satisfaction that comes with a job well done. After the crew left the safety of land, they were committed. Difficulties needed to be overcome as they faced them – all be it with communication and help from support teams.
Operations can be similar. Even with thorough preparation, we can face unexpected challenges. Coping with these, seeking help when needed, is crucial to achieving the best outcome. Long cases are a mental and a physical challenge – demanding we look after ourselves and are ready to perform optimally. Surgery is also a team sport. Every member of the team contributes and, when all these vectors are aligned, great things can be achieved.
Consultant Neurosurgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Edinburgh