Weighing Surgery and Prescription Options for Elderly Patients

When treating elderly patients going under the knife may not always be the ideal solution to a problem. However, in some cases it may be the only option to ensuring a high quality of life for patients.

When treating elderly patients going under the knife may not always be the ideal solution to a problem. However, in some cases it may be the only option to ensuring a high quality of life for patients.

Daniel Forman, MD, from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center discussed the factors that need to be considered when making this decision during the American College of Physicians Internal Medicine Meeting in Boston. Forman said with surgeons getting more comfortable performing operations on elderly patients how their life is after the procedure also needs to be strongly considered.