Surgery in Centenarians

Mark R. Katlic, Joann Coleman

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Surgical problems do not cease on a person’s centennial, and as our overall population ages, physicians will see increasing numbers of these most senior citizens requiring surgery. All that has been learned about surgery in the elderly-including compulsive preoperative preparation and scrupulous perioperative attention to detail-should be applied to the centenarian. It is not unreasonable, however, to speculate that the 100-year-old who has not already succumbed to a myocardial infarction or pulmonary embolus is unlikely to do so, even during the perioperative period. Survival to the centenary indicates that one has been tested by life and has been found exceptionally fit. Elective surgery should not be deferred nor emergency surgery denied the centenarian on the basis of chronologic age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPrinciples and Practice of Geriatric Surgery
Subtitle of host publicationThird Edition: With 261 Figures and 155 Tables
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319477718
ISBN (Print)9783319477701
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Centenarian
  • Elderly
  • Geriatric surgery
  • Longevity
  • Nonagenarian

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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