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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 71-74

Medical problems in geriatric surgical patients

Department of Surgery, Lautech Teaching Hospital, Osogbo-Osun State, Nigeria

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S O Fadiora
Department of Surgery, Lautech Teaching Hospital, Osogbo-Osun State
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Age is often a marker for co-morbid illness that may complicate attempts at surgery, hence careful preoperative assessment and vigorous treatment of the pre-operative medical condition with adequate post-operative supports are needed for safe surgery. In our series, a fifteen months study period, six hundred and Ninety five patients were operated upon out of which forty four patients were 65 years old and above (6.3% ); Age ranged between 65 years and 80 years (mean age of 70 years). The patients with medical problems were sixteen (36.4% ) out of which urinary tract infection was the most common (43.8% ). The most common anaesthetic technique was spinal anaesthesia in 45.5%, the most common operative procedure was herniorrhaphy (36.4% ); followed by prostatectomy (26.5% ). Three of the patients presented with wound infection; mortality was 2.3%, which occurred in a patient who died of multiple organ failure.

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