The highly personalized nature of surgical techniques, confidence to perform complex and high-stakes procedures, and personal financial incentives generally make it easier and more profitable for surgeons to work independently. Drs. Lieberman & Parikh are different.
Their unique partnership allows for superior surgical results by removing the limitations one surgeon may have and it motivates them to stay on the cutting edge of surgical technology and technique.
In any surgery, there are stretches of routine, where a surgeon must do the exact same thing for every patient regardless of their clinical history. These stretches are punctuated by moments of intense creativity, and it is during those moments that the surgical partnership becomes invaluable.
Drs. Lieberman & Parikh have found that during these moments they use each other as sounding boards. By going over options aloud and getting feedback, they can test the concept in a forum and find the best possible move. They constantly challenge each other and hold each other accountable for every technique and every single stitch.
For example, if someone walks in with defect on their nose, there are multiple different ways to go about repairing the defect – could cartilage be used to open up the airway? Is it better to bring skin down from forehead or is there just enough skin that can be borrowed from nose? Or is there some combination of these techniques that hasn’t been done before but would serve this particular patient the best?
Drs. Lieberman and Parikh test all the options by discussing them aloud and draw on each others experience, expertise and knowledge base. They are able to critique each other in real time and quickly resolve issues that would otherwise take valuable time and energy.
And believe it or not, this is only one of the reasons Drs. Lieberman & Parikh operate together. There are quite a few more which is why, our question is, “Why don’t more surgeons operate together?”