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!
I am completely fascinated with photographing the hands of the surgeon and the surgical team. To me they look like an elegant sculpture. I was very humbled and honored to have one of my images posted in the New York Times – both electronically and in the actual newspaper (below). For fun, I inserted the color image so you can see the difference. This photo was taken in Paris, France during an open heart procedure – you can see the surgeon is reaching for an instrument, the other hand covering the heart. These are very intense cases and the surgeons and their teams are quite brilliant to watch. I value and always appreciate the opportunity to capture these incredible moments.
I rarely modify any of my surgery images but this one just seemed like fun. Shot in Frankfurt Germany, this was a cardiovascular operation performed using a robot. This image highlights a bit of the prep before the case. You can’t see the robot in this image but if you click to follow, you’ll be one of the first to travel behind closed doors and see the surgical robot in action!
The delicate handling of instruments during a neurosurgical procedure (brain surgery). Quick note, when I photograph during surgery I only use the natural light found in the operating room. The surgeon in this procedure was Dr. John R Adler, Stanford Professor of Neurosurgery.
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