Morbidity in elderly women undergoing gynaecological pelvic floor surgery - Abstract

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Medical Centre Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3, 68167, Mannheim, Germany.


We investigated the morbidity in elderly patients undergoing surgery due to pelvic organ prolapse.

Perioperative data of 113 patients aged at least 50 years who underwent gynaecological prolapse surgery between 2005 and 2011 were analyzed retrospectively. Forty-eight women were older than 70 years and matched our inclusion criteria. Sixty-five patients aged 50-69 years undergoing similar surgical procedures during the same period of time formed the control group. Operating time, duration of hospital stay, intra- and postoperative complications, comorbidity, and body mass index were evaluated.

There were no significant differences between study and control collective regarding operating time, duration of hospital stay, intra- and postoperative complications, and body mass index although a significant difference could be notified between the pre-existing comorbidity.

Surgery due to a pelvic organ prolapse in patients aged more than 70 years is a feasible and save treatment to improve quality of life in elderly patients.

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Tuschy B, Berlit S, Hornemann A, Sütterlin M, Bussen S.   Are you the author?

Reference: Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2011 Nov 3. Epub ahead of print.
doi: 10.1007/s00404-011-2130-4

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 22048785 Female Urology Section