I shot this photo in Paris, France during a laparoscopic prostatectomy. This procedure involves the removal of the prostate (“ectomy” is Latin for removal) using a laparoscope. I know many of you know this, but for those who are new to surgery, the surgeon is holding a “trocar” which will be inserted through the skin. Once the trocar is placed, it is removed, leaving a hollow cannula. The surgeon will place multiple cannulas and then use a scope and instruments to perform surgery. This is a minimally invasive approach and will result in less scarring, disfigurement and faster recover.
A quick note on my surgical photography: First, I never use special lighting – it’s a very harsh light which I have learned to love. Also, I never ask anyone on the surgical team to pose; I only want to catch natural movements in this incredible light. This is from a past magazine cover but thought I’d add it to my collection. Thank you Springer Magazine for giving me the opportunity!