Current Anesthesiology Reports

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 232–237 | Cite as

Perioperative Outcome in Geriatric Patients

  • Shamsuddin Akhtar
Geriatric Anesthesia (S Akhtar, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Geriatric Anesthesia


Purpose of Review

Increasing number of very old patients (> 80 year old) are presenting for invasive procedures and surgeries. This review addresses perioperative outcomes after cardiac and non-cardiac surgery, in octogenarians and older patients.

Recent Findings

The overall rates of major upper abdominal cancer resections in octogenarians are increasing over time. Postoperative mortality, postoperative admission to the intensive care unit, and discharge to non-home disposition, after emergency general surgery, were strongly associated with age greater than 80 years. Though acceptable, perioperative morbidity and mortality tends to increase non-linearly after the age of 75 years in patients undergoing cardiac operations.


Clinician-centric outcomes continue to dominate outcome reporting. Octogenarians have higher risk of mortality and increased rates of complications, both after cardiac and non-cardiac surgeries. Perioperative care is more resource intensive in the elderly. It is important to keep these factors in mind when contemplating interventions in very elderly individuals.


Aged Hospital mortality Octogenarians Colorectal Abdominal aortic aneurysm Coronary artery bypass Postoperative complications Perioperative care 


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Conflict of Interest

Shamsuddin Akhtar declares that he has no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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