Memorial Hospital

Informed Consent

Understanding your upcoming surgery

Before having your operation, you will be asked to indicate that you understand the nature of the surgical procedure to be performed and that you give your permission for the operation. Most surgical procedures are not emergencies, so it is very important that you fully understand the process. This may appear to be a formality, but, in fact, this should be taken very seriously.

Before your operation, discuss with your surgeon any questions or concerns that you have, such as:

  • What are the indications for your surgery? Why is this surgery necessary?
  • Are there any alternative treatments available?
  • What will be the likely results if you do not have the operation?
  • What are the basic procedures involved in the operation?
  • Will any other surgeons be assisting your surgeon during your procedure, and what task will they perform?
  • What are the risks?
  • How is the operation expected to improve your health or quality of life?
  • What can be expected during your recovery period?
  • When can you expect to resume normal activities?

This operation is being performed for you, and you should seek information necessary to improve your understanding, so do not hesitate to ask questions. No doctor can guarantee outcomes, because each operation is different depending upon your health status, existing disease, and the response of each patient.

You should feel that your questions have been answered before giving permission to do the surgery.

Memorial Hospital

4500 Memorial Drive
Belleville, Illinois 62226
(618) 233-7750

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Admission and Testing Center

4500 Memorial Drive
Belleville, Illinois 62226
(618) 257-5460

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