Answers to Common General Surgery Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about general surgery.

What are common surgical and post-surgical complications related to frailty?

Dr. J. Scott Wilcher discusses common surgical and post-surgical complications related to frailty. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What are common surgical and post-surgical complications related to frailty?

When someone is frail, they can run into more complications from surgeries than people who are not frail. It can run the whole gamut of surgical complications, so bleeding, wound infections, wound healing complications, if you have to reattach bowel back together you can get higher rates of leakage or breaking down of where you hooked things back together, with joint surgery you could have higher rates of blood clots in the legs due to less mobility, you could have more heart attacks and more strokes.

 

There are a variety of surgical and post-surgical complications that are related to frailty, according to Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians.

Frailty causes an increased risk of:

  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots in the legs
  • Wound healing complications
  • Wound infections

Talk to your doctor for more information about surgical complications related to frailty.

Source: James deCaestecker, DO, FACS, Gem City Surgical Associates; Daniel Taylor, MD, FACS, Miami County Surgeons; L. Stewart Lowry, MD, FACS, Miami County Surgeons; Luan Tran, MD, Miami Valley Surgery Associates; J. Scott Wilcher, MD, North Dayton Surgeons; Steven Sutherin, MD, FACS, Miami Valley Surgery Associates

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