Professor Dr. László Hangody’s own father was a general surgeon, and now two of Professor Hangody’s three sons – Dr PhD László Rudolf Hangody and Dr PhD György Márk Hangody – have also become orthopedic surgeons. Many doctors have a hereditary vocation within their families, but it is very rare that certain surgeries are performed together by a father and his two sons. At the private Dr. Rose Hospital, everything is planned to perform orthopedic surgeries and related research and innovations using cutting-edge surgical techniques. We asked the professor and his sons about family, sport, profession, scientific research and the future of orthopedics.
It is a beautiful family tradition to pass on the love of the profession of doctor. Was this also evident in the case of your sons?
Teacher. László Hangody: I can’t speak for other professions, but I think in the case of medical dynasties, professional and professional issues usually crop up quite frequently in discussions at home. This was the case for me and my father – he was a general surgeon, and I have always been interested in locomotor surgery, but there was always overlap around a common theme. Now, in the case of me and my sons, their specialization is the same as mine, but we also have changing times. I still belong to the generation that initially practiced almost complete locomotor surgery. The current generation is already moving in a specialized direction. Fortunately, the area to which my activity has narrowed – endoprosthetics, sports surgery, minimally invasive techniques and mirror joint surgeries – has become my sons’ favorite field. The situation is all the more special given that we work together in several workplaces and that our areas of innovative research and development are similar. My oldest son received scientific qualification related to the surface of articular cartilage, and the average of background research related to patellar tendon surgery. The familial infection reached my third son, András, in such a form that after graduating in tourism and hospitality, he is now training as an operating room assistant.
Why did you choose orthopedics?
Teacher. László Hangody: My father obtained his university degree between 1945 and 1951. It was from this period that the specialization in surgery began. He worked as a general surgeon, but also practiced musculoskeletal surgery, gynecology and urology. By the time I started working, locomotor surgery was already a field of its own. Based on the Austro-Swiss-German model, separate accident surgery and separate orthopedics have developed in Hungary. In my workplace, however, from the start both areas were present – I was given a general approach to locomotor surgery and also had a desire to treat body cavity injuries and abdominal surgical tasks. -thoracic. It was also fortunate that arthroscopic surgery started early in my career, and maybe I was a little more talented than average for it, and which then – within locomotor surgery – became a major trend, representing a third of the work. My sons are already born in it.
Dr László Hangody: He was sympathetic in orthopedics that he was of great stature. A wide variety of patients – young, old, male, female – and various ailments can be cured, and a large percentage of orthopedic patients can be cured as well. At first I even considered gynecology and urology, but eventually orthopedics stuck, and I’m glad it turned out that way.
Dr György Hangody: Medical college was almost certain after high school, and by that time I was also certain that I wanted a manual trade, and indeed entered orthopedics in 4th and 5th year of college. I consider myself very lucky because I love what I do, and the development opportunity motivates me.
Professor, loyal to your workplaces from the start, is that kind of stability important?
Teacher. László Hangody: I was able to work in the same place from the start of my career. During my medical years, I worked in several places as a surgical assistant, so I even contacted the Uzsoki hospital while I was still a student. Afterwards, I had the chance to be able to work there. Just as I have not left the country or the profession, nor have I left my place of work. In addition, my work encompassed significant overseas consulting and surgical activities in the private sector, of which the private Dr Rose hospital is the most stable private clinical environment, offering the widest possible professional repertoire. I think that here, just like in my main job, over the years a very good professional community and a very good team have developed. The size of the private Dr. Rose Hospital makes it suitable for serious professional work, and it has always been stressed from investors that the appropriate infrastructure is available. It is possible to progress from here, to such a point that important research and innovations are already underway, which can also be a source of strength of cohesion and a feeling of success.
Professor, how do you see the future of orthopedics?
Teacher. László Hangody: In the research / scientific line, and in patient care, I think one of the main trends is the direction of minimally invasive care. When I first started working, it was routine that if someone had an injury to the cartilage ring in the knee, which is one of the most common forms of injury, we would cut their knee and cut their knee. The operation was followed by a six-month convalescence. With the generalization of arthroscopic surgery in the second half of the 1980s, the practice developed in about ten years: apart from endoprosthetic surgeries, the knee joint was practically no longer opened because everything could be done. otherwise by arthroscopy. At the time, we were saying that we had practically reached the peak of performance in minimally invasive knee joint efforts because prostheses could never be performed with a minimally invasive technique. Then came the turn of the millennium, and minimally invasive efforts also appeared in endoprosthetics. And while we don’t insert dentures through a keyhole, we do the surgeries in a way that causes as little discomfort as possible. Thus, one of the main trends is to increase the number of minimally invasive procedures. The other is that the problems, the degenerative diseases that have caught us so far and for which we have so far only been able to offer compromise solutions, can be operated on with a kind of biological augmentation support. . So, we do surgeries not only with a knife or arthroscope, but we also try to appeal to biology for help, and this damage to the surface of the cartilage begins to materialize in patient care as well. . Here we also use a degradable regenerative scaffold to replace a cartilage surface, as a result of which a completely destroyed cartilage surface will be replaced with new living cartilage. Because of this, in some cases, endoprosthetic interventions may not even be necessary in the distant future. Thus, the innovation and research fronts are starting to move absolutely towards an organic approach. In summary, I think today’s advanced stent options provide a great solution to severe abrasion and degeneration of the hip, knee, shoulder, and ankle joints, but locomotor surgery Today’s modern technology may already offer promising biological solutions to the wear and tear of large joints and injured cartilage. superficial damage.
What is it like to work together?
Dr László Hangody: Working together is – as my brother said – like the fruit of a tree that has matured slowly over the years and can now be truly harvested. It’s a great joy, not to mention the safety that envelops both professionally and emotionally when you work with your own family members in an operating room and know exactly what each other’s vibes are like. Of course, this is also the case with other colleagues with whom we work a lot, but it remains a very special and fortunate situation. It is a pleasant feeling when, here at the private Dr. Rose Hospital, we all perform all three and eight surgeries helping each other. It is a special experience, because professional-emotional harmony also allows us to provide our patients with something more that would be more difficult to create without this family-professional harmony.
Dr György Hangody: It must be a huge source of pride for a father, in my opinion, that we can function as three Hangodys. I think it’s a curiosity. A few weeks ago, one day of surgery, we had eight surgeries, four for our father, two for Laci and two for me. We operated in a different alignment for each surgery, which is certainly a rarity. What’s great for us is that we palletize near the operating table, and I really don’t want to be shameless, but aside from talent, it’s very important to know who you’re studying with. Seeing this harmony, our brother, who obtained a master’s degree in tourist hospitality, joined us and began training as a first surgical assistant after graduation. We hope that he will also work with us in the long term.
Teacher. László Hangody: I think the best thing that can happen to a person is to work with their own children. It is a great joy to be able to pass on your knowledge to those you love the most. And it’s a wonderful experience, because I see the genetic patterns that I believe I discover in myself. I have already had feedback on my own journey, I know when it went in the right direction, what my difficulties were, and I can also measure my success. I see in my children that they have a talent for certain things, for which I help their development. I think that in this sense, our common work and our common discussions are working very well. They accept and taste for themselves what I have accomplished – obviously they don’t want to limit themselves to this level because they want to go even further – but they see my professional work and can judge what I have done well and what that they would like to do differently.
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