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Postoperative Morbidity after Urogynecologic Surgery

Assessing risks in older women

There was a higher risk of clinically significant postoperative complications for women aged 65 years and older who underwent urogynecologic survey than those younger than aged 65, according to a cohort study of 508 women who underwent pelvic floor reconstructive surgery. Researchers found:

• 59.1% of patients were in the younger cohort and 40.9% were in the older cohort.

• Older women had a significantly higher rate of clinically significant postoperative complications than younger women (12.5% vs. 6.7%).

• Older age remained significantly associated with greater postoperative morbidity in a multivariate logistic regression model.

Citation: Bretschneider EC, Robinson B, Geller E, et al. The effect of age on postoperative morbidity in women undergoing urogynecologic surgery. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg 2015: 21:236-240.