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Gynecologic Surgery in the Geriatric Patient

Erekson, Elisabeth A. MD, MPH; Ratner, Elena S. MD; Walke, Lisa M. MD; Fried, Terri R. MD

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e31825715a9
In the Trenches

Considering age, medical comorbidities, frailty, and functional status helps to facilitate preoperative discussions with older women about their individual risks of complications after surgery.

From the Sections of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, Gynecologic Oncology, and Geriatrics, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut.

Dr. Ratner is supported by K12 HD047018 from the Eunice Kennedy Shiver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dr. Fried is supported by K24 AG28443 from the National Institute on Aging.

Corresponding author: Elisabeth A. Erekson, MD MPH, Yale University, Section of Urogynecology, 333 Cedar Street, PO Box 208063, New Haven, CT 06519-8063; e-mail:

Financial Disclosure The authors did not report any potential conflicts of interest.

© 2012 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.