This post is a tribute to the families of our patients. To all families of all patients we care for. My thoughts especially go to the families whose relatives had a bad outcome, experienced a severe complication or who sadly did not survive surgery.
Complications can occur during or after any surgery. Before recommending a surgical procedure, the potential for postoperative complications is evaluated thoroughly by the medical staff.
In elective cases (i.e. when there is sufficient time to plan and prepare the surgical procedure), the preoperative surgical consultation is carried out also for the sake of this purpose: seeing the patient personally enables the surgeon to have an idea about his conditions and his strengths and energy store. This clinical evaluation, together with “technical” information drawn from medical exams, allows to better evaluate the surgical risk.
We distinguish between technical and general complications.