The COVID-19 Virus and Our Lives Including Neurosurgery
President, World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies Humanitas University and Research Center IRCCS, Milano, Italy
Neurosurgeons are a small community of about 50000 people all around the world. Until now we were a highly technological branch of Surgery with limited collaborations with Neurologists, Neuroradiologists, ENT surgeons, Maxillofacial surgeons, Oncologists and Rehabilitation Physicians.
Since we are dealing with a number of life threating diseases (like trauma, brain hemorrhage, brain and spine tumors….), we thought we are essential for the worldwide care of a large number of patients - and that our technology put us in a privileged position.
The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic all around the world showed how far we were from reality:
But we believe there are also positive messages from this disaster:
In conclusion: the future will never be like the past.
We will never forget what we have learned. We will be respectable Doctors first, and fantastic Neurosurgeons after, for all our lives.