The purpose of this advice is to provide a good practice framework for obtaining valid consent from women who undergo complex gynaecological surgery. Many of the specific points of advice will apply to both complex laparoscopic and complex open surgery; however, the significant differences between the two access methods in terms of risks and benefits should be carefully explained.
The aim of this paper is to ensure that all women are given consistent and adequate information for consent. It is intended to be used together with dedicated procedure-specific patient information. It is optimal for the person obtaining consent to be the lead operating surgeon rather than someone trained in obtaining consent but unable to carry out such surgery. Before discharge, all women should receive clear information about how to obtain help if there are unforeseen problems when at home.