Elderly men who have prostate cancer surgery face heightened risks of complications — and the majority have the procedure at hospitals with less-than-optimal outcomes, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers found that of more than 115,000 U.S. men who had their prostates removed to treat cancer, some 2,100 were age 75 or older.
Just over two percent of those elderly men had a surgical complication — such as an accidental laceration to nerves, blood vessels or structures near the prostate — compared to about one percent of younger men. The situation was similar when it came to complications following the surgery, like wound infections and life-threatening breathing trouble. Those affected 17 percent of elderly men, versus 12 percent of younger men.