Informed Consent for Facial Transplantation
Facial transplantation is a complex and innovative technique still in its infancy, thus it is critical that the informed consent process has integrity. The patient population is vulnerable due to their desire for esthetic change amid a society that places much value on personal appearance. The technology of transplant, itself, requires an alliance between the doctor and patient due to matters of behavioral and medication compliance. This said, there is much for the patient to know and understand about themselves and the technique, in a setting of many technological unknowns. This chapter describes key elements of the informed consent process for facial transplantation so as to optimize the aim of information transmission, comprehension, and voluntariness.
KeywordsGraft Loss Informed Consent Process Donor Family Transplant Team Flap Failure
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