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Open Access Research article

Are there any differences between age groups regarding colorectal surgery in elderly patients?

Huseyin Yuce Bircan1, Bora Koc1*, Umit Ozcelik1, Gokhan Adas2, Servet Karahan2 and Alp Demirag1

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1 Department of Surgery, Baskent University, Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul Research Hospital, Oymacı sokak No:7 Altunizade, Istanbul, Turkey

2 Department of Surgery, Okmeydani Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

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BMC Surgery 2014, 14:44  doi:10.1186/1471-2482-14-44

Published: 15 July 2014



Surgical procedures with curative or palliative intentions in subjects aged over 70 represent a colorectal surgical challenge due to the issue they raise: Benefits versus increased morbidity. In this study, we proposed to compare the impact of surgery with the surgical intervention short-term results and analyze the factors that may influence these results in elderly age groups.


We retrospectively analyzed a database containing information about patients who underwent colorectal surgery from January 2008 to December 2013 at the Baskent University Istanbul Research Hospital and the Okmeydani Training and Research Hospital.


A total of 265 patients were enrolled and analyzed in this retrospective study. Of these patients operated during the study period, 110 were between 60 and 69 years of age (group 1), 99 were between 70 and 79 years of age and 56 were older than 80 years of age. In total, there were 138 (52%) men and 127 (48%) women that underwent colorectal surgery. Intraoperative complications did not differ between group 1 and group 2, group 2 and group 3; however, some differences were observed between group 1 and group 3 (p = 0.001). Systemic complications were more frequent in group 3 than in groups 1 (p = 0.039) and 2 (p = 0.002). Furthermore, there were no significant systemic complication differences between groups 1 and 2. The mean length of postoperative hospital stay was 9.91 ± 2.65 days in the first group, 9.38 ± 2.44 days in the second group and 11.8 ± 4.35 days in the third group.


Colon surgery for both malignant and non-malignant diseases can be performed safely in different elderly age groups; thus, age should not be considered as an obstacle in elderly patients undergoing colorectal resection.

Elderly Patients; Colon Surgery; Aging