Laparoscopic colectomy in the elderly: When is too old?

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To date, there is little literature regarding the impact of laparoscopic colectomy in the elderly population (i.e., patients older than 70 years) as the vast majority of studies regarding laparoscopic colectomy have evaluated younger patients (younger than 65 years). It is unknown whether elderly patients garner the same benefits from laparoscopic colectomy that younger patients have been shown to receive. As a result, there may be a reluctance to offer laparoscopy to elderly patients. The majority of the reports suggest that laparoscopic colectomy in the elderly is safe and provides the same benefits as laparoscopic colectomy in a younger population. Although an elderly population does not return to the work force, the benefits in the elderly population are related to a return to independence more often than after conventional surgery without an increase in hospital costs. Based on the current literature, one may never be too old to have a laparoscopic colectomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-39
Number of pages7
JournalClinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2006


  • Age
  • Elderly
  • Laparoscopy
  • Physiology


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