This video features a leading orthopedic surgeon from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, who talks about the volume of patients he handles on a regular basis, and the balance that he strikes between his private practice and as a consultant at a hospital.
Following is the video narration:
“Currently in our practice here in Juarez, we have our private practice which is apart from the institutional practice. Maybe in a slow week we have to operate 1 patient a week, joint replacement or arthroscopic surgery and when, time of work, when we do have some work weâ€™re doing maybe 5 patients a week. So, the range goes from there on surgery means. And consults we probably see 10 to 15 patients a day in the office giving a consult or taking a follow-up on the surgery that weâ€™ve done to the patient. So, the moral is we would be talking at a mean of maybe 3 patients a week of surgery, of surgical procedures. Thatâ€™s in the private practice.
“In the institutional area where also do some work thatâ€™s a lot of difference in, taking in consideration that there is a lot of volume in the public hospitals. So there we, I can say, if I am attending the consults at the office, you could see many, 20 patients in one day. And surgery is 3 times a week, 3 procedures, 2 to 3 procedures each day. So, youâ€™d be talking about maybe 6 procedures, 7 procedures during the week. But thatâ€™s the least; it could be more work.
“The fact of the matter is that we always try to balance the private work and stay more focused on the private work and only attend d the institutional hospital when weâ€™re in need of because the way that I work in the institutional hospital is taking care of the patients when other doctors are out of town, or in vacation, leave etc., thatâ€™s when we are in the hospital, in the institutional hospital.”