Few patients know what it is like to perform surgery, train residents, or be in an operating room (OR). This is understandable; during most operative cases, patients are sedated or anesthetized, and the modern OR is sealed to casual observers for multiple reasons including infection control and privacy. Television often portrays the OR dramatically and rarely depicts the careful but routine manner in which surgical teams conduct patient care. This translates to information asymmetry, where we as surgeons know much and our patients know little about what will happen during their operation.
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