Delaying Elective Surgery in Geriatric Patients: An Opportunity for Preoperative Optimization.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Deciding whether to pursue elective surgery is a complex process for older adults. Comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) can help refine estimates of benefits and risks, at times leading to a delay of surgery to optimize surgical readiness. We describe a cohort of geriatric patients who were evaluated in anticipation of elective abdominal surgery and whose procedures were delayed for any reason. Themes behind the reasons for delay are described, and a holistic framework to guide preoperative discussion is suggested.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wong, SP; Zietlow, KM; McDonald, SR; Barbeito, A; Colon-Emeric, CS; Lagoo-Deenadayalan, SA; Loyack, N; Heflin, MT

Published Date

  • January 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 130 / 1

Start / End Page

  • e14 - e18

PubMed ID

  • 31335399

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7378881

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1526-7598

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1213/ANE.0000000000004335


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States