Arthroscopic Surgery Is Not Minor Surgery: Shared Decision Requires Comprehensive Informed Consent

Arthroscopic Surgery Is Not Minor Surgery: Shared Decision Requires Comprehensive Informed Consent
Editorial Commentary
Arthroscopy, 1 June 2021; 37(6) pp 1755-1756
Kwadwo Adu Owusu-Akyaw
Open Access
Abstract
Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder has revolutionized the way we address intra-articular and tendinous injuries about the joint. Nevertheless, despite the apparent minimally invasive nature of our trade, there remain potential long-term consequences to every operation. This is especially true if future arthroplasty is indicated, as the risk of prosthetic joint infection is increased in patients having a previous procedure. True partnership with our patients necessitates that they have a clear understanding of the full implications of any surgery, no matter how small it may seem. True informed consent necessitates that our patients understand not only the immediate implications of the current operation but the potential effects on a future operation. This can only be accomplished by effective and honest communication about the full scope of the risk undertaken when an arthroscopic surgery is performed.

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