The use of mesh in hernia repair, risk management and the advantages of day surgery
may be able to discuss with the patient some of the possible risks of
surgical intervention. It is the doctors duty as part of the risk
management program, to convey to the patient the possible risks and
outcomes following surgery, in a meaningful way.
of the issues I encounter are: doctors are not always aware that most of
the procedures can be carried out under anesthesia infiltration. I
believe local anesthesia reduces the risk to the patient in many ways.
is also helpful to let the specialist know about medical problems from
which the patient suffers, such as:
course, as a surgeon I have a responsibility to check all of this before
considering surgery. As part of the risk management program it is wise
for the surgeon to communicate these different findings to other
specialists involved in the care previously. This is because there is a
small risk attached when altering previously prescribed medication.
Ideally a consensus view should be obtained.
is up to the surgeon to explain this and at the same time outline
possible risks. In my practice this is supported with literature and
also a website under development (www.melbourneherniaclinic.com),
for patient information and brochures.
is hoped that this series of articles will leave you more informed
regarding some of these issues.
There are other developments being made continually. During these presentations we will try to keep you updated on these different techniques and methods. We will provide some references to other Internet sites wherein detailed descriptions of other methods are demonstrated and discussed.
unlike skin cancer, other malignancies and many infections, are a common
universal problem. The incidence is not affected by geographic
distribution, race, genetics, skin pigmentation, dietary habits, climate