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Terms of Use & Privacy Policy

Welcome to, a web site operated and managed by UCSF Department of Surgery, a unit of the UCSF School of Medicine. Please read this visitor agreement. As our Web site evolves, we may change the contents of this site and modify the terms of this agreement. By visiting our site, you agree to abide by the terms of this user agreement.

Use of this Information

The information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical treatment by a health care professional. This site provides information about the UCSF Department of Surgery and how to access our doctors and services. Because of your individual needs, you should consult your personal doctor to determine the appropriateness of the information for your situation.

Advertising is not a source of funding for this site.

Confidentiality and Privacy

We are committed to protecting the privacy of our visitors. However, due to the nature of Internet communications, it may be necessary for system support personnel to view communications and logs of activities as a part of their responsibilities. We may gather information to monitor our effectiveness in providing health information, to answer consumer questions and to improve the site. This regular monitoring does not provide us with personal information such as names or addresses of users.

Accuracy and Completeness

Due to constant advances in technology and medicine, you are encouraged to confirm the information on our site with other reliable sources. Corrections and additions will be made as allowed by the availability of time and resources.

Although care has been taken in preparing the information contained in this site, all material that is provided here or could be reached by using this as a starting point is supplied "AS IS" without warranty of quality or accuracy of any kind. Neither the Regents of the University of California, UCSF Department of Surgery nor any author contributing to this site is responsible for any errors or omissions in any information provided or the results obtained from the use of such information.

Our health-related information is derived from our UCSF Department of Surgery doctors and other health experts. Health-related information posted on the site has been reviewed and approved by our experts.

The views and opinions of the document authors do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Regents of the University of California, UCSF Department of Surgery or its affiliates.

Links to Other Sites

Links to other websites are provided as a service to our users and do not imply endorsement by UCSF Department of Surgery. The UCSF Department of Surgery is not responsible for the content of these websites.

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