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Jun 03

Seniors and Surgery

No matter how skilled the surgeon and the hospital staff, the chance that surgery will result in complications increases with a patient’s age. In many situations, the increased chance of side effects in older patients is quite small and well worth the risk. In 2015, the National Institutes of Health (the NIH) published a study that found that over 40% of all surgeries done in the U.S. are on patients aged 65 and older. Only about 16% of the total population is 65 or older, so it is obvious that the chance of needing surgery also increases with age.

The NIH study found that age was a risk factor for complications, but that surgery was still safe in older patients. This topic is especially important to our practice, because we reside in one of the most senior-concentrated areas in the United States. Before any surgery on a patient of any age, a thorough medical history and evaluation should be performed.

If the patient has any doubts, they should seek a second opinion. Reading our past article, “Age and Surgery” may help to answer any questions you have. If you have any question about procedures like laparoscopic hernia surgery, minimally invasive breast surgery, bariatric surgery or any other area included in general surgery, please contact our office. You may use Contact Dr Birkedal or phone us at (386) 210-9794. Our offices, located in Daytona, New Smyrna and Palm Coast are all part of the AdventHealth Medical Group.

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