Elderly People Can Undergo Spinal Surgeries Safely
One of the increasing concerns among the aging population in the U.S. is an adult spinal deformity, which can be a result of disc degeneration, arthritis of the spine, and earlier surgeries that have failed to realign the spine. The percentage of patients with acute spinal conditions is on the rise as the number of people aged above 80 continues to increase in the United States.
Most people above 60 years of age expect to be active, and therefore, an increasing number of elderly people opt for surgery to correct spinal deformity, slow down further degeneration, and thus alleviate symptoms.
Often, major surgeries involving the spine would be considered a risk for elderly patients and ignored. But, there is evidence suggesting that the rates of mortality and morbidity are generally low and the elderly people can have good outcomes.
A Study Found Significant Benefits From Spinal Surgery and Better Outcomes Among the Elderly
A study that was published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) revealed that the overall complication rate and mortality were not higher in patients aged 80 and older. Also, significant benefits were derived from surgical treatment, especially for lumbar spinal stenosis and other debilitating conditions of the spine. These findings suggest that surgery can be a viable treatment option for lumbar spine conditions and relatively safe in patients above the age of 80.
Therefore, it is certain that elderly patients can have better outcomes when compared to their younger counterparts. Older people with less severe deformities can be good candidates for minimally invasive spine surgical techniques that can be performed as an outpatient procedure.
Undergoing Spinal Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital
The spine department at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital has surgeons with more than two decades of experience. Our medical specialists will perform a thorough examination to see whether you are a good candidate for surgery. You will be advised about which is the most effective surgical procedure that can alleviate your symptoms. For further information, contact us and we will address all your concerns regarding spine surgery.