Articles

The Medicolegal Challenges of Paediatric Plastic Surgery and Reconstruction

In the paediatric population, plastic surgery is generally used to correct deformities caused by congenital birth defects, tumours or traumatic injuries and to assist in wound management. All plastic surgery is complex and challenging, but surgery in children raises some particular issues that surgeons need to be aware of.

Categories : Articles, Plastic Surgery
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Vulnerability and Resilience in Chronic Pain

Pain is the body’s warning system: it tells us that we have sustained an injury and need to heal. In most people, pain is a transient phenomenon, lasting only until the healing process is complete.…
Categories : Articles, Pain
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Medicolegal Cases in the Digital Age

Until recently, evidence in medicolegal cases was collected from physical sources, such as patients’ medical histories, witness statements and expert witnesses. Technological advances mean that other sources of evidence, including social media, CCTV monitoring and…
Categories : Articles, Medicolegal reports, Pain, Plastic Surgery, Spinal surgery, Trauma and orthopaedics
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Medical negligence in wisdom tooth or dental implant surgery

Mr Zaid Sadiq, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, discusses the complications and challenges associated with wisdom tooth and dental implant surgery. Problems with the third molars, or wisdom teeth, are extremely common. Often, there is…
Categories : Articles, Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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Obtaining Informed Consent in Orthopaedic Trauma in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Obtaining informed consent from patients has always been a crucial and necessary procedure before surgery is performed. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has radically altered care pathways and introduced new elements into the consent procedure. It…
Categories : Articles, Trauma and orthopaedics
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The Medicolegal Implications of Informed Consent in Plastic Surgery Claims

Consent is a process that protects one of the primary tenets of ethics, autonomy – the right to choose what happens to oneself. It enshrines the concept that a patient has a right to make…
Categories : Articles, Plastic Surgery
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Venous Thromboembolism in Complex Trauma: A Medicolegal Perspective

Thromboembolism occurs when a blood clot, or thrombus, forms in a vein. This happens most commonly in the deep veins of the legs or pelvis, and is known as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Once formed,…
Categories : Articles, Trauma and orthopaedics
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The Medicolegal Challenges of Orthognathic or Temporomandibular Surgery

Orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery, is used to treat skeletal deformities of the face that cause misalignment of the jaws and/or teeth as well as treating sleep apnoea patients . These conditions, which cannot be treated with conventional orthodontic procedures, include protrusion…
Categories : Articles, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Thought Leadership
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Cauda Equina: Medicolegal Challenges Relating to Imaging and Neuroradiology

Cauda equina syndrome (CES) is a rare condition, diagnosed in <1% of patients presenting to an emergency department with back pain, in which the nerves at the base of the spine become compressed, potentially leading…
Categories : Articles, Neuroradiology
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Outcomes after pelvic injuries

The pelvic ring consists of the sacrum at the centre back and the ischium, pubis and ilium to either side. These last three bones are fused together at the acetabulum, which forms a socket into…
Categories : Articles, Trauma and orthopaedics
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