Two spine surgeons shared the most challenging aspects of their day.
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Question: What is the most challenging part of your day?
Issada Thongtrangan, MD. Orthopedic Spine and Neurosurgeon at Minimally Invasive Spine (Phoenix): Each day at work and in surgery feels like solving a complicated, beautiful puzzle. It’s challenging work but when I’m operating, it feels like the whole world melts away because I’m so engrossed in what I’m doing. I don’t look at the clock, ever. The gratitude you see in people’s eyes when you tell them an operation went well and their loved one wakes up from surgery and will be doing very well — that’s not something you can replicate in the typical 9-to-5 job.