Surgery, invasive procedures and innovation
Colleagues in the Centre are undertaking research into the ethical and legal issues surrounding surgery and surgical innovation.
The Centre’s research in this area encompasses work on novel, contested surgeries (such as ‘face transplants’ and the surgical separation of conjoined twins), surgical research, and surgical innovation.
B Main, A McNair, R Huxtable et al. (2017)
BMC Medical Ethics
The Ethics of Surgical Innovation
Funded through the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre, Huxtable, Ives and Birchley are working with colleagues on the Surgical Innovation workstream to explore ethical issues in the practice and regulation of surgical innovation. Our work utilises a blend of empirical and theoretical approaches including narrative synthesis, concept analysis, ethical analysis, legal analysis, and qualitative research. Alice Toms’ PhD research focuses on the regulatory and legal issues associated with surgical innovation.
Ethics and Law in Surgical Treatment and Research
Huxtable has undertaken a range of research into various, often novel and contested, surgeries, in addition to exploring everyday questions like those surrounding consent to surgery. He has published often on the legal and ethical issues associated with surgically separating conjoined twins, including in Ethical Judgments, a volume he co-edited. He has written extensively about facial transplantation, including in the Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics. He has also addressed the Royal College of Surgeons and published on the broadcasting of live surgery and, with Swift (a former Centre PhD student), written about trials that involve ‘sham’ (or placebo) surgery.