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Surgical Management of Elderly Patients

  • Antonio Crucitti

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. General Principles and Epidemiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Nicola Ferrara, Klara Komici, Giuseppe Rengo, Graziamaria Corbi
      Pages 3-8
    3. Concezione Tommasino, Antonio Corcione
      Pages 9-29
    4. Mario Nano, Mario Solej
      Pages 31-46
    5. Piergaspare Palumbo, Marco Scatizzi, Giorgia Prestigiacomo, Maddalena Baraghini
      Pages 47-63
    6. Anna Falanga, Viola Milesi
      Pages 65-78
  3. Endocrine Surgery

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Silvestro Canonico, Massimo De Falco, Giuseppe Santangelo
      Pages 81-95
    3. Marsilio Francucci, Roberto Cirocchi, Marina Vinciguerra
      Pages 97-110
    4. Andrea Valeri, Andrea Polistena, Carlo Bergamini, Nicola Avenia
      Pages 111-127
    5. Alessandro Sanguinetti, Andrea Polistena, Louis Banka Johnson, Nicola Avenia
      Pages 129-157
  4. Gastrointestinal System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Di Martino Natale, Monaco Luigi
      Pages 161-178
    3. Roberto Vergari, Vanessa Polenta, Cristina Marmorale
      Pages 179-190
    4. Francesco Colombo, Gianluca Pellino, Gianluca Sampietro, Francesco Selvaggi, Silvestro Canonico, Diego Foschi
      Pages 191-206
    5. Binda Gian Andrea, Cassini Diletta, Gianandrea Baldazzi, Nascimbeni Riccardo
      Pages 207-227
    6. Andrea Mazzari, Pasquina Tomaiuolo, Federico Perrone, Federico Sicoli, Antonio Crucitti
      Pages 229-239
    7. Francesco Gabrielli, Angelo Guttadauro, Matteo Maternini, Nicoletta Pecora
      Pages 241-254
  5. Vascular Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255

About this book


This volume offers a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the major surgical procedures performed on elderly patients.  With advancing age the conditions that require surgery normally increase in incidence, and today all surgeons around the globe can be considered “geriatric surgeons”. The latest anesthesiological procedures, the technical improvements and an increased medical knowledge of the comorbities impact have brought extraordinary advances in this field, but this should not allow us to forget that a careful assessment of elderly patients is necessary before undertaking surgery, since also the simplest surgical procedures could alter the delicate psychophysical equilibrium of these “frail” patients.

Introduced by a demographic panorama and analysis, the book describes the anesthesiological management, the preoperative assessment and preparation, the perioperative care, and hemostasis control connected with the main surgical pathologies: gastrointestinal, endocrine, neoplastic, vascular and hepato-biliary, as well with traumatic and non-traumatic emergencies. It will be an invaluable, easy-to-use resource for clinicians, researchers and trainees alike.


Demography of aging Acute care Geriatric surgery Surgical oncology Endocrine surgery Clinical approach

Editors and affiliations

  • Antonio Crucitti
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of General and Mininvasive SurgeryCristo Re HospitalRomeItaly

About the editors

Antonio Crucitti, is currently Associate Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Gemelli Hospital, Catholic University of Rome, Italy, and has been Chief of the General and Minimally Invasive Unit at Cristo Re Hospital, Rome, Italy since 2011. He obtained his medical degree at the Catholic University of Rome, qualified as a general surgeon at the University of Florence. He is particularly Interested in general and digestive laparoscopic surgery, geriatric surgery and demographic aging, abdominal wall defects, colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer, surgical oncology and health management. He is President of the Italian Society of Geriatric Surgery, Vice Secretary of the Italian Society of Surgery, and Treasurer of the F.O.N.C.R.E (Forza Operativa Nazionale Cancro Colorettale). Dr. Crucitti is currently involved in the practical and theoretical training of medical students and residents in general surgery, gerontology, orthopedic surgery, and radiation therapy. Professor Crucitti is author of more than 180 scientific publications in major international and national journals and books.

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“It covers the full gamut of general surgical and vascular problems likely to be encountered in the over-65 population. … This is a nice addition to the field. … this book can be of interest to surgeons working in this field and potentially to all surgeons who care for the increasingly aging population.” (Carol Scott-Conner, Doody's Book Reviews, August, 2018)