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  • Author | Jordon Washington
  • Date | 7/20/2022 12:10 pm
Orthopedic SHS | Photo Courtesy of Stryker

What Do Orthopedic Surgeons Wear Into Surgery? | Quick Answers

Although we focus on conservative musculoskeletal care, meaning we aim to avoid surgery unless absolutely necessary, our patients occasionally require surgery to heal their injuries. If you do happen to require surgery, you might be shocked to see an orthopedic surgeon in one of these. Despite what you might think, they aren't great for space travel. They are suitable for protecting patients and orthopedic surgeons during surgery.

According to the National Library of Medicine, these wild garments are called Surgical Helmet Systems. They tend to be comprised of a surgical hood and toga that completely cover the skin and face of the surgeon, providing two layers of protection. The first is to prevent the transmission of blood-borne diseases and to protect surgical staff from bone fragments that may break off. Although safe, surgery can be a bit messy at times. The second layer of protection prevents the transmission of non-sterile materials from the surgeon performing the surgery or the surgical staff. Think of a cook wearing a hairnet but with much higher stakes. The SHS is not always necessary and is often used for total replacements rather than less invasive surgeries.