Journal article

Is spinal surgery safe in octogenarians?

Harrison G Mihailidis, Simon Manners, Leonid Churilov, Gerald MY Quan

ANZ JOURNAL OF SURGERY | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

BACKGROUND: An ageing population and advances in medical management often requires spinal surgeons to increasingly operate on patients older than 80 years. The ability to predict complications and mortality rates would allow discrimination of which octogenarians are able to safely undergo spinal surgery. Therefore, the aims of this study were to determine whether comorbidities and extent of surgery were associated with complications in this age group, in addition to which comorbidity and physical status assessment scales were best associated with the development of complications following spinal surgery. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed. Comorbidities and physical health s..

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