Postoperative Complications of Lower Extremity Surgical Procedures in Older Patients

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Abstract

Surgery of the lower extremity in patients older than 65 years is often complicated by high morbidity and mortality. The article discusses the most common postsurgical complications in this patient population: death, deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, infection, delerium, and pressure ulceration. Proper planning in the emergency setting can minimize or prevent many of these complications.

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