Using the language of ‘gambling’ to help patients understand surgical risks and benefits

Congratulations to Mr Guy Nash, Consultant General Colorectal Surgeon at Poole Hospital and Visiting Fellow at CoPMRE on his publication in this month’s Annals of Surgery.

For both surgeon and patient, the risks of surgery must be compared with the probability of success to decide if an operation is worthwhile. Guy uses the better-known risks of gambling as an analogy to help patients understand risks and probabilities of surgery. You can access the article here