About The Study: In this analysis of 1,193 major surgeries among community-living adults age 65 or older, the population-based estimate of 1-year mortality after major surgery was 13.4% but was 3-fold higher for non-elective than elective procedures. Mortality was considerably elevated among older persons who were frail or who had probable dementia, highlighting the potential prognostic value of geriatric conditions after major surgery.
Authors: Thomas M. Gill, M.D., of the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, is the corresponding author.
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