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Old 09-20-2012, 05:06 PM
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When we send out our pre-op packet, a copy of the consent form is included so that our patients can read it over before their surgery day.
Thanks Janna. That is really nice to hear.
Thanks gillenator for your experience.
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:07 PM
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Sparky, I would think all clinics will provide a copy if patients ask.
Well that's good, but would they know to ask for it? What I mean is, how would newbie's know they exist?
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Old 09-21-2012, 02:14 PM
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You are welcome MAGNUMpi, trust me, not all clinics provide these forms before surgery whether the big chains oreven some independents. The big chains will not release these disclosures as a rule.

Sparky, you are correct my friend, the newbies do not know any better to ask so quite frankly, they simply do not know. Especially true for the late night TV patient who gets lured in by those endless late night infomericals or they get lured by the unknown surgeon's local display advertising that they typically run in the major newspaper's sports page, etc, etc. We have a local HT surgeon who has practiced a heavy radio advertising campaign almost every year denoting cheap graft prices. He is basically unkown in the online community yet is an active member with the ISHRS for years. He's been around forever and yet the work and techniques are IMHO well behind the best.

They typically target those patients who do no internet research but thank goodness for communities like these that will provide the patient with the information they need beforehand.

Thank you HTN for allowing patients to be educated from all points of view including the risks along with the benefits.
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MAGNUMpi,

Thanks for creating this valuable post. You've already received some valuable input, especially by Gillenator. However, I wanted to provide some of my input as well.

This has been a topic of discussion on this forum before. By default, many clinics don't provide their patients with the consent forms until the day of surgery. However, in my opinion, these forms should be provided much earlier (as early as possible) and certainly by request if a patient asks to see them. In my opinion, the patient has the right to know in advance what their agreeing to even before they make the initial deposit when they schedule.

I also agree that many patients don't seem to care about the fine print unless there's a concern about the procedure and/or results. And while today's hair transplantation in the hands of a skilled surgeon is highly successful, I strongly advise all prospective patients considering hair transplant surgery to discuss all relevant details about the procedure (including the consent form) with their surgeon before committing to undergo hair transplant surgery. This should include a discussion about the physician's/clinic's policies on handling less than optimal results (growth, scarring, other complications, etc.)

Best wishes in restoring your hair,

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Good points by Bill especially discussing what resolutions can be agreed upon "beforehand" in case the result is less than acceptable.

And the very best doctors will stand behind their work!
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I strongly advise all prospective patients considering hair transplant surgery to discuss all relevant details about the procedure (including the consent form) with their surgeon before committing to undergo hair transplant surgery. This should include a discussion about the physician's/clinic's policies on handling less than optimal results (growth, scarring, other complications, etc.)
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Hey Spanker,

How was your experience with Dr. Konior? Is your donor scar visible? How many days did it take for you to be able to go out in the public without anybody noticing? I hope all is well.

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Some clinics provide a copy of the consent form with the pre-op packet and some do not. However, they must give it to the prospective patient if requested. Most consent forms for hair transplantation surgery are very similar. I do think it is a good idea for the patient to look it over prior to the day of surgery when they might be very nervous and/or anxious.
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I think every doctor has a differnt consent form. They should be given prior to deposit and booking when a prospective patient initially requests a pamphlet/brochure. Once you pay that non refundable deposit and disagree with what is on the form or if it goes against what we learned on forums, how do you back out? I think creating a thread with consent form questions kind of like Mickey's fue thread to inform forum members of what type of questions are on consent forms is ideal. If you say no to any consent question, a doctor can refuse you and not refund you the day of surgery, that's especially if you see the form the day of surgery, for the first time.
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