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Mar 29

Informed consent

Patients should understand the benefits, risks and consequences of any surgery or medical procedure before they agree to it. Lawyers call this “informed consent,” and it is an important part of any doctor-patient relationship. Doctors understand this too, but sometimes the vocabulary they use can get in the way of effective communication.

Medical school and residency years teach doctors to use words like “pylorus” and “duodenum” when talking to each other. That’s good, because it ensures that they understand exactly what the surgeon, the radiologist or other specialist is saying. The same vocabulary can confuse a patient whose understanding of words like “digestive tract” may be vague. Take a look at our article on the human digestive tract, especially as it is related to weight loss surgery to learn more. Please point your browser and your attention to “Digesting Some Anatomy.”

If you are considering any type of surgery, there is a lot to think about. Perhaps we can help. If you have any question about the areas included in general surgery, especially bariatric surgery, please contact our office. You may use Contact Dr Birkedal or phone us at 386-210-9794. Our offices, located in Daytona, New Smyrna and Palm coast are all part of the AdventHealth Medical Group.

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