What are the elements of informed consent for laparoscopic left hemicolectomy?

Updated: Apr 13, 2020
  • Author: David B Stewart, Sr, MD, FACS, FASCRS; Chief Editor: Vikram Kate, MBBS, MS, PhD, FRCS, FACS, FACG, FRCS(Edin), FRCS(Glasg), FIMSA, MAMS, MASCRS, FFST(Ed)  more...
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A thorough discussion of all risks of surgery should at least be mentioned to the patient and recorded on the consent form. The possible need for a diverting stoma should always be mentioned, as should the possible need for open surgery. Thorough informed consents pose no threat to the surgeon or patient; however, incomplete consents foster a breakdown in communication and possible legal problems for the surgeon.

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