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Surgeons middle-aged patients to offer more security

Study shows that at 40 years, these professionals are less likely to have complications during surgical procedures

 
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Team of surgeons in England during trinamento Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) in the direction of Professor Mike Larvin
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Team of surgeons in England during trinamento Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) in the direction of Professor Mike Larvin

A study conducted by researchers from France shows how age influences the acumen of surgeons. Although inexperience is an obvious disadvantage, being in the profession for decades is not desirable. Results suggest that the professional middle-aged to 40 years in and out of 30, are the ones that offer more safety for patients.

The study, published on bmj.com, operative complications observed in five hospitals in France.

The survey revealed that patients undergoing surgical procedures - removal of the thyroid gland - were more likely to have complications when operated by inexperienced surgeons and those working for more than 20 years.

The analysis looked at more than 3,500 of these operations performed by 28 surgeons.

The researchers chose to analyze the thyroidectomy because the procedure is usually performed in the same way by all surgeons and have not changed substantially over the past decades.

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The connection found between the age of the surgeon and the complication rates was independent of how complex was the list for surgery, suggesting that it was not because surgeons are older, experienced caring for the patients were more difficult to treat.

But experts point out that the study's findings are not conclusive and more research is needed to ensure that surgeons stay in shape.

For Professor Mike Larvin, of the England's Royal College Surgeons (RCS), this study shows the importance of lifelong learning for surgeons, who, he said, must continue to hone their skills.

Source: Isaude.net
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