Since 1991, the author has used the operating microscope for all palate and pharyngeal operations. There are benefits for the surgeon, who operates in a more comfortable position with reliable lighting and variable magnification; for trainees and operating room staff, who have the same view as the surgeon, either through a teaching arm or on a video screen; and, it is hoped, for the patient, as the anatomy is more clearly displayed and potentially, therefore, more accurately reconstructed.
London and Essex, United Kingdom
From the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and St. Andrew’s Centre for Plastic Surgery, Broomfield Hospital.
Received for publication August 21, 2002;
revised January 9, 2003.
Brian C. Sommerlad, M.B., B.S., F.R.C.S.
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