high-risk surgery


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high-risk surgery

Any operation associated with a 5% or greater likelihood of adverse cardiovascular events. Examples include operations on peripheral arteries, the aorta, or the heart; surgeries that last more than 2 hours; and emergency surgeries, esp. when they are needed by patients with multiple illnesses or age over 75.
See also: surgery
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Consultant vascular surgeon Christopher Wood told the hearing: "She understood fully this was particularly high-risk surgery because of the poor quality of her arteries."
Ms Margaret Kay was nominated by Ms Anne Beaton, of Dunblane, for her support through major high-risk surgery even though the two had ne ver previously met.
This is a high-risk surgery as the surgeons need to have a good understanding of the functional segments of the liver and excise the tumorous portion without damaging the hepatic artery, portal vein or biliary drain system.
Previous studies have also shown that married couples are more likely to survive heart attacks, overcome high-risk surgery and live longer.
Surgical procedures were classified as carotid interventions (reference surgery group), extraperitoneal vascular procedures (intermediate-risk surgery group) and intraperitoneal vascular surgery (high-risk surgery group).
She was cured but relapsed in 2010, and recently underwent a 12-hour high-risk surgery. She is undergoing further treatment for cancer.
HIGH-risk surgery patients are being failed by hospitals by being put into regular wards after their operation.
The high-risk surgery continued for nine hours, leading to excision of the tumour.
Each high-risk surgery in our VA-Medicare dataset was then defined as having been performed in a higher or lower performance hospital.
TABLE Before surgery, calculate your patient's cardiac risk Assign 1 point for each of the following, and total: * High-risk surgery (intraperitoneal, intrathoracic, or suprainguinal vascular procedures) * History of ischemic heart disease * History of heart failure * History of cerebrovascular disease * Diabetes mellitus treated with insulin * Serum creatinine >2.0 mg/Dl RISK OF MAJOR POINTS CLASS CARDIAC EVENT * 0 I 0.4% 1 II 0.9% 2 III 6.6% 3+ IV 11% * Major cardiac event includes myocardial infarction, pulmonary edema, ventricular fibrillation, primary cardiac arrest, and complete heart block.
* It may cause, as in these young women, devastating illness, prolonged hospitalisation, loss of a limb, myocardial infarction or high-risk surgery.
Such an operation has not gone ahead in Britain because of objections from some medical organisations and ethicists that such complex and high-risk surgery should only be carried out on people suffering from life-threatening conditions.