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J R Soc Med. 2008 Aug;101(8):409-15. doi: 10.1258/jrsm.2008.080035.

Geriatric surgery is about disease, not age.

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Cellular Pathology, Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust, Tremona Road, Southampton, UK.

Abstract

Maintaining life span and quality of life remains a valid aim of surgery in elderly people. Surgery can be an effective way of restoring both length and quality of life to older people. Minimally invasive techniques and surgery under local anaesthesia make fewer demands on geriatric physiology; given that co-morbidity is a stronger predictor of outcome from surgery than age, this is a significant consideration.

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18687864
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PMC2500244
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10.1258/jrsm.2008.080035
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