oa South African Medical Journal - Surgery in the aged

Volume 25, Issue 31
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Surgery in the aged should be attempted only in cases where the operation is considered essential. All surgery in this age group is dangerous and should not lightly be undertaken. The physician should try to convert a poor surgical risk into a reasonable one. He should not confine himself to stating the difficulties of the case and warning of the consequences. The physician, having satisfied himself that the operation is essential, must be prepared to produce the patient for operation in the best physical and mental state, and must be prepared to deal with all complications which may arise. A calculated risk is not as frightening as an unexpected one. The pre- and post-operative treatment of surgery in the aged is presented and certain important points are discussed. Constant care and attention is imperative if the results are to be successful.

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