The holiday season is one of the busiest times in my practice. Patients from New York, Boston, Philadelphia and other cold weather states come down to have their surgery and recuperate in the wonderful weather of South Florida.
As I reflect on the Holidays and the upcoming New Year, one of the most rewarding aspects of being a spinal surgeon is watching patients in severe pain wake up in recovery free of any discomfort other than by their incision, for which they receive a short course of pain medicine.
However, it is truly a privilege for me take care of my patients. They entrust me with their lives when they are asleep on the operating table. To tell you that I take this responsibility with the utmost seriousness would be an understatement. It is a gift to be able to heal patients with my hands, but also a gift to have the trust of my patients to make them well again. I constantly advocate for my patients and I do not allow anyone other than myself to make the incision, perform all steps of the operation, and close the wound at the end of the case. If I were on the operating room table, I know I would want the same from my surgeon!
At this time of year, I would like to take the opportunity to thank my patients who instill their utmost trust in my capabilities to heal them with my hands. While medicine is always changing, the Hippocratic Oath and all that it embodies is something that I hold sacred and will continue to for as long as I practice spine surgery.
Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year!
Dr. Michael Gleiber