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May 31

Surgery and Seniors

surgeryWhen considering any kind of elective surgery, the patient’s age must be a factor. Sometimes, surgery is absolutely demanded, but there are many medical situations in which treatment alternatives that do not require surgery are available. A paper published in the Journal of the American College of Surgery put it this way, “…increasing age itself remains an important risk factor for postoperative morbidity and mortality.” No matter how skilled the surgeon, the chance that an operation will result in some type of morbidity increases with the patient’s age.

Laparoscopic surgery techniques have played an important part in this field and they have made operations like gastric bypass surgery and gastric sleeve surgery a viable alternative for older patients. The bottom line is this- increased age does increase the chance of surgical complications, but procedures like bariatric surgery, gallbladder removal surgery, hernia surgery and other operations can all be done safely in older patients. You can read more in our article, “Age and Surgery.”

If you or a senior loved one is considering surgery, you should seek professional advice from a physician who is board certified in the area of concern. Our office will be happy to answer any question about laparoscopic hernia surgery, minimally invasive breast surgery, bariatric surgery or any other area included in general surgery. We can be contacted via 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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