What is included in patient education about complex ear laceration?

Updated: Aug 25, 2020
  • Author: Gretchen S Lent, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Consent for repair should be obtained from the patient or family member. [17] The reason the procedure is being performed (suspected diagnosis), the risks of harm, potential benefits, and alternatives to the procedure and associated risks should be discussed. The provider should allow the patient the opportunity to ask any questions and address any concerns he or she may have and should make sure the patient has an understanding about the repair so he or she can make an informed decision.

The patient should be counseled about the risks of erosive chondri­tis, infection, damage to a blood vessel, strangulation of tissue, keloid formation, and auricular hematoma formation.

The patient should also be counseled that the procedure may not be successful and additional procedures may be necessary.

The provider should also discuss how these risks can be avoided or prevented (eg, ensuring that the patient remains as still as possible during the procedure and adequate analgesia).

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