The risk of complications from emergency abdominal surgery for over-65s are double those of younger people – with research even suggesting over-65s have a 20% chance of dying within 90 days of the operation. This is why emergency abdominal surgery is among the most risky procedures performed for over-65s.
Researchers found the short-term risk of death following gastric bypass surgery was much higher than previously thought, specifically: 1.9% of gastric bypass surgery patients died within 30 days after the procedure, which is four times higher than the rate of about 0.5% suggested by smaller previous studies.
Age. Age may bring wisdom but it also brings a greater chance of health problems, and some health problems might require surgery to make you better. In fact, 1 in 10 people who have surgery are 65 or older. While being older makes surgery more likely, it can also increase your potential for risks during procedures.
Although orthopedic surgery is generally safe for patients ages 80 and older, those with no or few accompanying health conditions are less likely to have surgical complications from spinal fusion surgery, hip replacements or knee replacements than other octogenarians, according to a large study published in July 2014
Bariatric surgery in patients older than 65 years is safe and effective.
Patients undergoing bariatric surgery had a 1-year case fatality rate of approximately 1% and a 5-year case fatality rate of nearly 6%. Less than 1% of bariatric surgery patients died within the first 30 days after the procedure.
All surgery has risks, and as any stomach operation for obesity is considered major surgery, it has significant risks associated with it. People have died from having operations for morbid obesity. It happens rarely, but the risk can never be removed completely.
The mean patient age was 92.8 years (range: 90–106 years). The 90-day mortality rates were 5.2% and 19.4% for elective and emergency procedures respectively (p=0.013). The median survival was 29 and 19 months respectively (p=0.001).
Recent studies have found that general anesthesia when used on the elderly, can increase the risk of dementia and the development of neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease.
Am I too old for this? Answer: There is no upper age limit for this type of surgery. However, the procedure is riskier for anyone older than 65. Obesity surgery — also known as bariatric surgery — limits your food intake.
To be eligible for bariatric surgery, you must be between 16 and 70 years of age (with some exceptions) and morbidly obese (weighing at least 100 pounds over your ideal body weight and having a BMI of 40).
Background: Bariatric surgery has shown to be safe for patients over 60 years with good results especially considering resolving of comorbidities. Sleeve gastrectomy is considered to be safer than gastric bypass (GBP) and more effective than gastric banding with less adverse symptoms.