Surgery in Patients over 100 Years of age 5-Year Experience (1995-2000)
Victor Ginzburg1, Gabriel Szendro1, Luis Golcman1, Natan Weksler2, Shemuel Yurfest1, Yefim Charach1
The Departments of Vascular Surgery1 and Anesthesiology2, Soroka Medical Center, Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheba, Israel
The age distribution of a given national population is of utmost importance when dealing with public health and analyzing the use of various national health facilities. This is based on the totally different use of health sources by different age groups. Despite continuous prolongation of life expectancy and the related aging of the western hospitalized population the sub-group of patients over 100 year old of age is unusual demographically and accounts for only a very small portion of the total number of patients hospitalized in surgical wards. During the 5 year experience between 1995 and 2000 seventeen such patients were admitted to our surgical departments. Eight of those underwent 11 operations with zero peri-operative mortality and no significant complications. These 11 operations in this elderly population are the basis of our report.