Medico-Legal Issues in Minimally Invasive Colon and Rectal Surgery: A Primer

  • Daniel L. FeingoldEmail author
  • Howard M. Ross


While it is inevitable that a text regarding surgical complications and unanticipated outcomes would include a comment regarding medico-legal aspects of patient care, a comprehensive review of this topic is beyond the scope of this book. The following information is not legal advice but simply a framework to highlight some of the issues relevant to clinical practice.


Medico-legal Lawsuit Standard of care Negligence Malpractice Surgery 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of SurgeryColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Division of Colon and Rectal SurgeryLewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and the Temple University Health SystemPhiladelphiaUSA

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