Preoperative Preparation of the Patient
There are several reasons for counselling a patient about her treatment. Firstly, it is her right to make a reasoned choice and she will need information to do this. Secondly, counselling will allay her anxiety about the procedure. Thirdly, the patient should sign a consent form, which gives express rather than implied consent. To do this, she will need to know the nature of her medical condition, the choice of treatment, the need for surgery, the prognosis or success rate and equally important—the chance, nature and extent of complications.
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