Consent and Litigation in Thyroid Surgery

  • Barney HarrisonEmail author


Prior to agreeing to a recommendation for thyroid surgery, the patient should be made aware of the indications for operation and its implications, risks, and potential complications. When the outcome from surgery is not as planned, be reassured that litigation after thyroidectomy is uncommon, and if appropriate decision-making took place before, during, and after operation, it is unlikely to succeed.


Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Thyroid Surgery Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Palsy Expert Witness Laryngeal Nerve Palsy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Endocrine SurgeryRoyal Hallamshire HospitalSheffieldUK

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