Tag: Surgery

What we know and don’t know about memory loss after surgery

What we know and don’t know about memory loss after surgery

Postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) is a little-known condition that affects a substantial number of older adults after surgery. Some patients experience memory problems; others have difficulty multitasking, learning new things, following multistep procedures or setting priorities. Most of the time, POCD is transient and patients get better in several months. But sometimes — how often hasn’t been determined — this condition lasts up to a year or longer.

April 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
As surgery centers boom, patients are paying with their lives

As surgery centers boom, patients are paying with their lives

An investigation by Kaiser Health News and the USA TODAY Network discovers that more than 260 patients have died since 2013 after in-and-out procedures at surgery centers across the country. More than a dozen — some as young as 2 — have perished after routine operations, such as colonoscopies and tonsillectomies.

March 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
Never too late to operate? Surgery near end of life is common, costly

Never too late to operate? Surgery near end of life is common, costly

Surgery like this has become all too common among those near the end of life, experts say. Nearly 1 in 3 Medicare patients undergo an operation in the year before they die, even though the evidence shows that many are more likely to be harmed than to benefit from it.

February 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
A push to get older adults in better shape for surgery

A push to get older adults in better shape for surgery

At risk patients who participated in the POSH (Perioperative Optimization of Senior Health) program before abdominal surgery spent less time in the hospital, were less likely to return to the hospital in the next 30 days , and were more likely to return home without the need for home health care.

January 25, 2018 | By | Reply More