Surgical Decision Making

Beyond the Evidence Based Surgery

  • Rifat Latifi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. The Complexity of Surgical Decisions: Setting the Stage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rifat Latifi, John A. Stroster, Katherine E. Center
      Pages 31-39
    3. Wilson Dario Rodríguez Velandia, Patrizio Petrone, Hans Fred García Araque, Soraya SMolero Perez, Corrado Paolo Marini
      Pages 41-57
    4. Michelle H. Scerbo, Laura J. Moore
      Pages 59-79
    5. Hans Fred García Araque, Patrizio Petrone, Wilson Dario Rodríguez Velandia, Corrado Paolo Marini
      Pages 81-92
  3. Difficult Clinical-Based Surgical Decisions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Ruben Peralta, Gaby Jabbour, Rifat Latifi
      Pages 95-101
    3. Elizabeth M. Windell, Rifat Latifi
      Pages 103-109
    4. Rifat Latifi, Ruben Peralta, John A. Stroster
      Pages 111-118
    5. Rifat Latifi, John A. Stroster
      Pages 119-131
    6. Chirag S. Desai, Yong Kyong Kwon, Mark R. Laftavi, Vaughn Whittaker, Rainer W. G. Gruessner
      Pages 141-155
    7. Zachary P. Baker, Jack B. Keenan, Zain Khalpey
      Pages 165-175
    8. Gary A. Vercruysse, Walter L. Ingram
      Pages 183-196
    9. Ethan E. Larson, Tolga Tűrker, Samuel Skovgaard
      Pages 197-212
  4. Special Issues in Surgical Decision Making

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Bellal Joseph, Tahereh Orouji Jokar
      Pages 227-232
    3. Terence O’Keeffe
      Pages 233-238
    4. Stanley J. Dudrick
      Pages 239-249
  5. The Final Word

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Rifat Latifi, Fortesa Latifi
      Pages 253-255
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 257-265

About this book


This text provides a comprehensive and state-of-the-art overview of the major issues specific to the surgical decision-making process.  These include patient’s anatomy and pathophysiology as well as the magnitude of the injury at hand, the surgeon's own physiologic and mental status, training and experience, and many other factors such as creativity, leadership skills, and overall "biochemistry" of the environment. The text reviews theoretical as well as objective information that surgeons use to make intraoperative decisions in situations, often with very limited data; decisions that will decide between a patient's living or dying, such as in trauma surgery and other complex surgeries. How surgeons choose one technical approach over another in these situations is covered. This book fills a critical need for resource materials on these topics and includes both theoretical as well as practical presentations of many typical patients seen in operating rooms around the world.      

Surgical Decision Making: Beyond the Evidence Based Surgery is written by academic and clinical practicing surgeons that face intraoperative decision situations on a daily basis and therefore provides a unique and valuable resource in the field for surgeons currently in training and for those already in clinical or research practice.  


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Authors and affiliations

  • Rifat Latifi
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept of Surgery Suite 5409University of ArizonaTucsonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-29822-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-29824-5
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