Dr. Peter Protzel, DDS, MD, took time out of his busy schedule to talk with Shedding Light for this month’s feature. He shares a bit about his practice and how he relies on his LED surgical headlight from Enova Illumination.
Shedding Light: What is the focus of your practice?
Dr. Protzel: Protzel Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, LLP, is in Bethpage on Long Island, New York, and has been here for 52 years. My father, Dr. Alan Protzel, founded the practice and is now semi-retired. Here in our practice we have three operatories. I have been practicing here for over 11 years now. With both a DDS and an MD, my main focus of treatment is primarily on extractions, dental implants, facial trauma, bone grafting, Orthognathic surgery and oral pathology.
Shedding Light: How has your practice changed over the years?
Dr. Protzel: The focus of our practice hasn’t changed dramatically. Our practice has always helped patients who need oral or maxillofacial surgery. My presence in the practice has helped move us forward to a smoother more modern technology-based practice.
Shedding Light: How does lighting impact your ability to perform surgery?
Dr. Protzel: Light is extremely important during surgery. We do have surgical overhead lights in each operatory, however, the more light, the better. That’s true for most surgery, but I work almost exclusively in the oral cavity and having a bright, dependable headlight is extremely important.
Shedding Light:How did you hear about Enova Illumination headlights?
Dr. Protzel: Throughout my training I had become accustomed to using a fiber optic surgical headlight. That is in fact what I first used in my practice. Then I encountered the battery-powered LED headlight and thought that was an interesting concept. In fact, I was in the market for an LED surgical headlight when I attended the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons 2012 Annual Meeting in San Diego. I stopped at a variety of trade show booths and looked at quite a few LED headlights. When I tried on the Enova XLT-125, I found it to be very comfortable, lightweight, and was impressed with the intensity of light as well as how easy it was to use.
The fact that it is so portable [is what I like best about the XLT-125]. We have three operatories and I bring the Enova headlight with me no matter which operatory I’m assigned. There are two fiber optic headlights in our practice, yet they no longer get used. We’ve retired one and the other is available as a backup. The Enova XLT-125 is incredibly dependable. Not once have I ever had a problem with it shutting off on me.
~Dr. Peter Protzel, DDS, MD