Seniors and Surgery

Seniors and Surgery

About 17% of all Americans are seniors aged 65 or above, but more than 40% of all surgeries done in the U.S. are on senior patients.  Being a senior is great, but it is obvious that the chance of needing surgery increases with age. Fortunately, modern advances have made surgery for seniors a much better alternative than in the past.The advances made in laparoscopic surgery have made operations like gallbladder removal surgery, hernia surgery and thyroid surgery possible with much less pain and scarring, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery. Even weight loss surgery, a procedure that once required large, open incisions can now be done using laparoscopic surgery technology. In fact, Medicare included weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery) as one of the procedures it would cover starting over 12 years ago. If you are a senior, bariatric surgery may be a treatment option for you if you meet certain requirements. Only a complete examination by a qualified surgeon can...
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