Perioperative Management of Elderly Patients

Lisa L Schlitzkus, Alyson A. Melin, Jason M. Johanning, Paul J. Schenarts

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The older population only represents 13.7% of the US population but has grown by 21% since 2002. The centenarian population is growing at a faster rate than the total US population. This unprecedented growth has significantly increased surgical demand. The establishment of quality and performance improvement data has allowed researchers to focus attention on the older patient population, resulting in an exponential increase in studies. Although there is still much work to be done in this field, overlying themes regarding the perioperative management of elderly patients are presented in this article based on a thorough literature review.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)391-415
Number of pages25
JournalSurgical Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015


  • Elderly
  • Frailty
  • Geriatric
  • Perioperative management
  • Postoperative care
  • Preoperative care
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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