AffiliationUniv Arizona, Dept Surg
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CitationFall risk and function in older women after gynecologic surgery 2017, 73:37 Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
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AbstractPurpose of study: To examine change in balance-related fall risk and daily functional abilities in the first 2 postoperative weeks and up to 6 weeks after gynecologic surgery. Materials and methods: Prospective cohort study in gynecologic surgery patients age 65 and older. Balance confidence (Activities-specific Balance Confidence Scale) and functional status (basic and instrumental activities of daily living) were recorded pre-and post-operatively daily for 1 week and twice the second week. Physical performance balance and functional mobility were measured pre-and 1 week post-operatively using the Tinetti Fall Risk Scale, Timed Up and Go, and 6-Minute Walk test. Measures were repeated 6 weeks after surgery. Nonparametric tests for paired data were used comparing scores baseline to post-operative (POD) 7 and to POD 42. Results: Median age was 72 years (range 65-88). Fall risk was elevated during the first 2 post-operative weeks, greatest on the median discharge day, POD 2 (p < 0.01). Balance performance and functional mobility at 1 week were significantly lower than baseline (p < 0.01). Functional abilities declined, including new dependence in medication management at home in 22% of these independent and cognitively intact women. Conclusions: After gynecologic surgery, older women's fall risk is highest on POD 2 and remains elevated from baseline for 2 weeks. Functional limitations in the early home recovery period include the anticipated (bathing, cooking, etc.) and some unanticipated (medication management) ones. This information may help with postoperative discharge planning.
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