The Authors examine the position of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery (RPS) with regard to professional practice and to the organization of the national health services. They analyze the differences between RPS and cosmetic surgery (CS) and underline the reasons why patients perceive CS as atypical of medico-surgical disciplines in general. This has actually brought about distinct differentiation between CS and RPS, of which CS forms an integral part of surgical procedures. In this way a complicated situation has arisen regarding the identity of RPS and in particular of CS within the surgical disciplines. This complexity is reflected in patients' attitudes, and also influences judges who are called on to settle legal controversies in connection with the validity of consent to the surgical act and with the responsibility for the outcome of CS operations. The problem is important, not only in relation to the identity of CS, but also with regard to significant repercussions in juridical and medico-legal matters which may arise from a differentiated formulation from the normal practice of surgical activity. An in-depth discussion has become necessary on the subject of the relationship between the practice of CS activities in the private sector and its practice within the broader range of activities carried out by RPS. An examination of these problems is essential in order to avoid the risk of CS continuing to be qualified as atypical of ordinary surgical activity. Such an examination will lead to useful indications relating to the further development of these surgical sectors and a more complete integration into these activities within the national health services.
|Translated title of the contribution||Reconstructive Plastic Surgery within the context of surgical disciplines and with regard to the Law and the Legal Medicine|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Rivista Italiana di Chirurgia Plastica|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|
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