Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

TMHPO Department of Surgery

For Patients - Advance Directives

An advance directive specifies which treatments a patient wants or does not want to receive. A medical care team will refer to these instructions only if the patient becomes unable to make decisions about his or her care.

There are two types of advance directives.

Directive to physicians, family or surrogates

A directive to physicians, family or surrogates allows you to establish your medical care wishes in the event that you are unable to communicate for yourself. This document is considered ONLY when your condition is diagnosed as terminal or irreversible.

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Medical Power of Attorney

A Medical Power of Attorney names the person or persons who can make decisions for you in the event you are unable to make such decisions for yourself. Examples of times when you may not be able to make decisions for yourself include:

  • When you are under anesthesia
  • When you are temporarily incapacitated by stroke or other neurological issues
  • When you request to have others make decisions for you

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