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Old age not necessarily a risk factor for surgical complications

TORONTO: Older adults may not necessarily be at risk for surgery complications just because of their age, but their risk for serious complications may be at least doubled if they’re frail or suffering from dementia, a research review suggests. The study team examined data from 44 studies of postoperative complications among almost 13,000 patients and found that, overall, about one in four elderly people experienced complications after surgery. Even though surgeons often consider age when assessing elderly patients’…