Elderly People Can Undergo Spinal Surgeries Safely
One of the increasing concerns among the aging population in the U.S. is 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 as 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.