How old is too old for patients to undergo surgical procedures? For a growing number of Americans, the century mark shouldn't pose a barrier.
"There have been excellent advancements in anesthetic administration, surgical techniques, and postoperative care," said Ramesh Paladugu, MD, of New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn. "So, from a technical point of view, older patients are doing much better after major surgical procedures than they might have before."
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