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Frailty and elderly in urology: implications for postoperative complications

Yeungnam University Journal of Medicine 2020년 37권 4호 p.296 ~ 301
송필현,
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송필현 ( Song Phil-Hyun ) - Yeungnam University College of Medicine Department of Urology

Abstract


The geriatric population is at a greater risk of postoperative complications than young adults. This risk is associated with the physiologic decline seen in this population known as frailty. Unlike fitter patients, frail patients who undergo operative treatment have a greater likelihood of developing postoperative complications and endure prolonged hospital stays. This circumstance is comparable to the urological status. Therefore, tolerable measurement of frailty as a domain of preoperative health status has been suggested to ascertain vulnerability in elderly patients. In this review, we will elaborate on the concept of frailty and examine its importance with respect to surgical complications, focusing on the urological status.

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Complications; Frailty; Postoperative; Urology

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