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Health Women are better surgeons than men, researchers say

According to a study published in the BMJ, women surgeons record lower or less patient complications after an operation process.

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A research into who among male and female surgeons perform better when it comes to operating on patients has found that the former tends to do better.

According to a study published in the BMJ, women surgeons record lower or less patient complications after an operation process, as compared to their male counterparts.

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Though the report admits that the field of surgery is male-dominated, it also acknowledges the fact that females tend to possess some attributes which may be the reason behind them performing better than their male counterparts.

In the past, very few females embraced the idea of becoming surgeons, with others also shunning away because they were perceived as not cut out for such a field.

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However, the latest finding by researchers has proved that the few females who make the choice to perform surgeries actually perform better than males.

Leader of the study, Dr. Raj Satkunasivam, who serves as the assistant professor of urology at Houston Methodist Hospital, insists he and his team took a lot of things into consideration during the research, including equalizing the comparisons between male and female surgeons.

The study was conducted using all persons in Ontario, Canada who had gone under the knife between 2007 and 2015, and their surgeons, with over 104,000 people being involved.

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The study matched the ages, experience and took into consideration the severity of a patient's problem in drawing its conclusions.

However, it emerged that patients of female surgeons tend to record less complications, and a 4% reduction in death cases, as compared to those attended to by males.

Dr. Raj Satkunasivam, though, believes the performance of surgeons go beyond gender, and says patients must rather consider picking surgeons "based on the rapport you have with him or her, what your family physician recommends, and the research you do". 

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