Informed consent

Informed consent is the patient’s autonomous decision about whether to undergo a surgical procedure.

Voluntary and written informed consent from the patient is necessary before
nonemergent surgery can be performed in order to protect the patient from unsanctioned surgery and protect the surgeon from claims of an authorized operation.

Consent is a legal mandate, but it also helps the patient to prepare psychologically, because it helps to ensure that the patient understands
the surgery to be performed.

(Rothrock, 2007).

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