Older Surgical Patients at Greater Risk for Developing Cognitive Problems

DURHAM, N.C. – Patients over the age of 60 who have elective surgeries such as joint replacements, hysterectomies and other non-emergency, inpatient procedures, are at an increased risk for longterm cognitive problems, according to a new study led by Duke University Medical Center researchers.

The study also found that elderly patients who developed these postoperative cognitive problems were more likely to die in the first year after surgery. MORE »

By Duke Medicine News and Communications

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