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Urological and gynaecological surgery in the elderly

Chris Dodds, Chandra M. Kumar and Frédérique Servin

in Anaesthesia for the Elderly Patient

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199234622
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607082 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199234622.003.0010

Series: Oxford Anaesthesia Library

Urological and gynaecological surgery in the elderly

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The most common urological and gynaecological procedures performed in very old patients are mainly endoscopic or perineal.

Urinary tract endoscopy and surgery should be performed on sterile urine.

Simple measures may prevent most of the transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) syndrome cases.

Endoscopic urological surgery in patients on chronic anti-platelet treatment may lead to life threatening haemorrhage, but interruption of the anti-platelet drug(s) must be kept to a minimum.

Modern general anaesthetic techniques may challenge the dominant position of spinal anaesthesia.

Chapter.  2260 words. 

Subjects: Anaesthetics

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