Nerve injuries in orthopaedics: is there anything more we need to tell our patients?
Eugene T Ek, Emma P Yu, Jason T Chan, Bruce R Love
ANZ Journal of Surgery | Published : 2005
BACKGROUND: Perioperative nerve injuries are uncommon in most elective orthopaedic operations. However, despite the low incidence, patients tend to be most unforgiving when this complication occurs. The present study aims to determine the adequacy of the consent process, and seeks to identify deficiencies. METHODS: All elective patients who experienced a perioperative nerve palsy between 1996 and 2003 were retrospectively identified. A telephone questionnaire assessed recall of the consent and risks discussed. Patients were asked what they would have liked to have been advised, and whether this would affect their decision for operation. RESULTS: Twenty-four of the 32 patients were contacted...View full abstract