The business of innovation in surgery
Tenacity is the key
Paediatric surgery deals with a wide range of surgical diseases, techniques, and communication challenges. This makes for a varied and engaging clinical practice. In a single day’s on-call one may encounter everything from an 800 g premature neonate with necrotising enterocolitis to a teenager with major trauma. Minimally invasive surgery has great benefits to our patients but presents substantial technical hurdles—sometimes described as “like operating inside a matchbox.” Effective communication is particularly important—for example, reassuring a 5 year old while simultaneously explaining the operation they need to their parents. Children can get very unwell very quickly but also have an incredible capacity for recovery. It is a great privilege to be part of that healing process.
You do come across a lot of suspicion of business among some people within the NHS. There is this idea that they are completely separate, but this is not the case. Almost every drug