Surgical procedures among those ≥ 90 years of age. A population-based study in Olmsted County, Minnesota, 1975-1985

M. A. Warner, M. P. Hosking, C. M. Lobdell, K. P. Offord, L. J. Melton

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Abstract

Persons ≥ 90 years of age represent a rapidly growing subset of the population, but little data exist on their utilization of the health care system. Population-based data capabilities of the Rochester/Olmsted County Epidemiology Project were used to study the performance of surgery among persons ≥ 90 years of age for the 11-year period, 1975-1985. During this time, 224 residents of Olmsted County, Minnesota underwent 301 separate operations. The annual operation rate increased over the course of the study (trend test, p < 0.001), reaching a plateau of 89.0 per 1000 person-years. This suggests a potential for nearly 91,000 operations annually in this age group based on 1987 U.S. Census estimates. Ninety-two per cent were discharged from the hospital alive, and 5-year survival was consistent with that expected (23% vs. 17%). Increased longevity of the general population, combined with increased performance of surgery in this rapidly growing segment of the population, may have significant implications for health care planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)380-386
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of surgery
Volume207
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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