It’s about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward.”
— Rocky Balboa
In your 40s, you might’ve practically danced out of the OR after a simple elective surgery.
Now, the latest research finds that in your 60s, 70s, or 80s, even a minor procedure could have you laid up for weeks or months…or worse.
Common elective surgeries could actually KILL you!
According to an analysis of data collected over a 10-year period, seniors who are considered physically “frail” (on a scale developed by the folks at Johns Hopkins) die off at TRIPLE the rate of relatively robust older folks in the year following surgical procedures like joint replacement.
You don’t have to be among the “oldest old” to face that risk. In fact, the BIGGEST death risk is among frail seniors on the younger side.
Some of us don’t make it into our golden years in one piece. You might get a little weaker as you get older — and if you’re having a little trouble rolling with the punches, you’ll want to think twice before signing up for any elective surgery.
You might be facing more than just having a tougher time bouncing back.
If you’re looking to keep both of your feet out of the grave, go for nonsurgical options first — especially considering the high rates of failure associated with these elective surgeries. Knee and hip replacements have been found to have only about a 50% success rate — and some trials even show that meniscus repair surgery on the knee doesn’t do jack!
Know what you really, truly need — and what you don’t — and only submit to the scalpel if you’re in a lot of pain and plum out of options.
If and when you DO need surgery, sit down with the anesthesiologist beforehand to make sure he knows you want the lowest, safest possible dose for the absolutely shortest amount of time.
Besides, seniors are supposed to get less anesthesia anyway, because a lot of the problems seniors face are due to excessive doses of knockout juice.