Co Surgeon or assistant?

Co Surgeon or assistant?

January 31, 2019

Question:
A vascular surgeon is requested to come to the OR to repair a blood vessel that my surgeon inadvertently nicked during a colectomy. Is he a co-surgeon or assistant on the case?

Answer:
Neither. The vascular surgeon will report his work, repair of vessel, and you will report yours.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 1/31/19.

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