Tuesday, August 18, 2015
More seniors are projected to need, or elect to undergo, surgery in the coming years. According to the American Society of Anesthesiologists, about a quarter of them (the U.S. population that’s at least 65 years old) is expected to have at least one surgical procedure in their elderly years. Most of their surgeries may involve the need for general anesthesia, especially if the surgery is aimed at managing serious or chronic conditions, such as hip fractures, heart disease, and stroke. As a person ages, the risk of experiencing surgery complications heightens, and in major surgeries where general anesthesia is involved, the risk could be more serious. For instance, they may suffer postoperative cognitive dysfunction or POCD, where they can have memory or concentration and learning problems after the procedure.