Considerations for Geriatric Patients Undergoing Colorectal Surgery

Nicole M. Saur, Kirsten Bass Wilkins
Considerations for Geriatric Patients Undergoing Colorectal Surgery is a topic covered in the ASCRS Textbook of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

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Key Concepts

  • Frailty affects a large number of our current patients and needs to be assessed.
  • Prehabilitation is associated with improved outcomes.
  • Enhanced recovery is useful and impactful for older patients and those with comorbidities, though all aspects of the program may not be applicable to each patient.
  • Organ-specific recovery, including cognitive function, is critically important.

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Key Concepts

  • Frailty affects a large number of our current patients and needs to be assessed.
  • Prehabilitation is associated with improved outcomes.
  • Enhanced recovery is useful and impactful for older patients and those with comorbidities, though all aspects of the program may not be applicable to each patient.
  • Organ-specific recovery, including cognitive function, is critically important.

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Last updated: January 26, 2022