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Surgery is diverse

After a good job, your signature.

Not everybody can work as a surgeon. A significant problem-solving capacity, resistance, in addition to great commitment, are required. This profession demands sacrifices from all its professionals, and special mention should be made to woman surgeons, as it has always been even more challenging for them.

Surgery from a woman’s perspective

In our series, B. Braun introduces brilliant female surgeons whose professional commitment is above any existing obstacle.

Dr. Andrea María Andreacchio

Surgeon at Hospital General de Agudos Parmenio Piñero, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dr. Andrea María Andreacchio from Argentina shares her story about commitment, empowerment and the balancing act between surgery and motherhood. Find out what she calls her greatest achievement.

Prof. Lydia Cairncross

Surgeon at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

Prof. Lydia Cairncross talks about unconscious biases, the phenomenon of leaky pipelines and glass ceilings – but also about being a mother and head of general surgery. Find out why she fell in love with surgery.

Woman surgeons: a history full of pitfalls

Although it is known that women already practiced surgery even 3500 years before Christ, [1] they had to do it without formal education, without recognition or in secret.Many stories prove the barriers for women to be surgeons and it is well known that women even impersonated men to be able to practice. The most famous case, in the 19th century, is that of Dr. James Barry, the first surgeon to perform a successful Caesarean section, turned out to be a woman: Margaret Ann Bulkley. [2]

Illustration of a female surgeon with the slogan "After a good job, your signature."

B. Braun sutures and surgical specialties

Clotting, sealing and closing marks the end of every surgery and plays a decisive role for the patient’s quality of life. B. Braun provides innovative wound closure technologies and service.

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[1] Wirtzfeld, Debrah A. “The history of women in surgery.” Canadian journal of surgery. Journal canadien de chirurgie vol. 52,4 (2009): 317-320.

[2] Bourjeily, Ghada, and Sangeeta Mehta. “Gender diversity in Obstetric Medicine.” Obstetric medicine vol. 12,2 (2019): 55-56. doi:10.1177/1753495X19851711