Surgical innovation involves practices, such as new devices, technologies, procedures, or applications, which are novel and untested. Although innovative practices are believed to offer an improvement on the standard surgical approach, they may prove to be inefficacious or even dangerous. Tlois article considers how surgeons considering innovation should reason in the conditions of uncertainty that characterize innovative surgery. What attitude to the unknown risks of innovative surgery should they take? The answer to this question involves value judgments about the acceptability of risk, taking when satisfactory scientific information is not available. Tlois question has been confronted in legal contexts, where risk, aversion in the form of the precautionary principle has become increasingly influential as a regulatory response to innovative technologies that pose uncertain future hazards. Tlois article considers whether it is appropriate to apply a precautionary approach when making decisions about innovative surgery.
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (United Kingdom)|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2013|