Surgeons Prefer Seeing Patients In-Person for Pre-Op Visits, Not Via Telehealth

July 2, 2024

New research finds that most surgeons want to see their patients in person before surgical operations and that using only telehealth is not a good option for pre-op visits even with relevant medical history, labs and imaging readily available. Those surveyed expressed concerns with using telehealth as the sole means for a pre-operative consultation, with 43% responding that it is not possible to conduct a pre-op physical examination as a video appointment and 58% responding that telehealth carried a greater medical liability risk than in-person visits.

However, surgeons appeared more open to telehealth for post-operative visits with 60% indicating that they would consider using video visits for follow-up consultations with patients who had uncomplicated surgeries.

ISMIE offers general surgery risk tips that outline steps that can be taken to mitigate risk from pre- to post-surgery to keep patients safe. Access this helpful information about general surgery processes inside and outside the operating room.

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