As people age, their cardiac, respiratory and renal physiology naturally begins to change. This can make it more difficult to determine how the patient will respond to surgical stress.

Elderly patients are also more likely to have conditions or diseases that must be closely monitored during surgery and when administering anesthesia. For these reasons, prior to surgery your anesthesiologist will carry out a complex and extensive preoperative evaluation. During this time, you will be asked many questions about your health history, and may undergo routine tests to help your anesthesiologist determine the best method for you.

Please discuss any concerns you may have with your anesthesiologist or surgeon.