How does ergonomic positioning for microlaryngeal surgery (MLS) affect muscle fatigue and pain in the upper back, cervical, and arm muscles?
Background: Musculoskeletal symptoms associated with performing MLS are common, and there is a lack of insight regarding good ergonomics during this surgery. Surgeons unknowingly place themselves at higher risk of musculoskeletal injury if accommodations to avoid pain, muscle fatigue, and number of repetitions associated with MLS are not evaluated and compensated for.
Explore this issue:March 2015
Study design: Individual randomized counterbalanced design study on 18 otolaryngology residents/fellows.
Setting: Training program at the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Penn.