What Challenges are Involved in Surgery for Elderly Patients?


Matt Farrah,

Co-founder of, Hailsham, East Sussex, United Kingdom


Abstract: Elderly patients who require surgery are often considered "high-risk" by healthcare providers for many reasons. Most elderly are frail and in poor health. Although outcomes of surgery are improving for elderly patients, experts recommend avoiding procedures if less invasive methods are available.
Key Words: elderly, surgery, high-risk, dementia, assessment.
Elderly patients about to undergo surgery should seek advice to improve their blood glucose levels if diabetic and increase iron levels if anemic.
Elderly patients tend to require more physical rehabilitation compared with their younger counterparts.
Support from family and friends can also help a patient's recovery.
The success rate for geriatric surgery is increasing, especially for those older people who live a healthier, more active lifestyle. With education and patience the risks involved with surgery can be mitigated if not eliminated.
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