Article Abstract

Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy for elderly patients

Authors: Ippei Matsumoto, Keiko Kamei, Atsushi Takebe, Yoshifumi Takeyama

Abstract

As life expectancy has increased worldwide, number of elderly patients who need surgery is growing. Surgeons increasingly encounter decision on whether to perform surgical treatment for elderly patients. Although many surgeons consider that age alone should not be contraindication for the surgical treatment, elderly patients are generally considered to be associated with high risk of postoperative complication because of their compromised physiological conditions and existence of multiple comorbidities.