UW surgeon shines light on operating room headlight challenge

By David Wahlberg, Wisconsin State Journal

After wearing a headlight during long operations gave him neck and back pain, a UW Health transplant surgeon developed a flexible snake light that might improve doctor comfort.

The device, attached to an operating table rail and controlled by hand, can be sterilized by an autoclave, which uses heat to kill microbes, potentially making it safer than a light worn on the head, which is not considered sterile.

The invention by Dr. Josh Mezrich, known as MezLight, was registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last month. MezLight, a Madison startup that began on the screen porch of Mezrich’s entrepreneurial neighbors, has begun distributing the devices to surgeons around the country, with UW Health doctors set to try them out next month. Read more …