Study names 227 risky surgeries for seniors

Study names 227 risky surgeries for seniors

Some common surgeries for seniors should be considered “high risk” and preceded by careful conversations about the potential harms, according to a new study listing 227 operations with high mortality rates.

The risks of surgery for older adults are generally understood, but establishing a comprehensive list of the most problematic, for which the risks and benefits “should be carefully evaluated,” can be a helpful decisionmaking tool, the authors say.

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