Postoperative care of geriatric patients

Dong Kyu Lee, Yun Hee Kim, Jae Hwan Kim

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    The geriatric surgical population experiences greater morbidity and mortality than the general surgical population. Understanding the characteristics of postoperative complications in elderly patients and carrying out adequate preventive measures and treatments are the best way to reduce postoperative complications in the geriatric surgical population. The proportion of the geriatric population has gradually increased in the Republic of Korea, and this is a worldwide trend. The postoperative care of elderly patients has drawn particular attention given the increasing interest in geriatric medicine. We introduce several postoperative complications that are closely associated with the elderly surgical population and the possible etiology of these complications, and discuss the differences between the general patient population and elderly patients.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)384-390
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of the Korean Medical Association
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2017 May


    • Aged
    • Frail elderly
    • Postoperative complications

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine(all)


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