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Mental illness associated with post-surgery complications

Mental illness associated with post-surgery complications

March 23, 2017

Patients with mental illness have poorer outcomes after surgery, according to a review of 580,000 patient records.

Elizabeth Bailey, from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, US, examined how comorbid mental illness affected the surgical outcomes of patients who underwent one of the four most common surgical procedures in the US: cholecystectomy, appendectomy, adhesion excision/lysis or colorectal resection.

Patients with a mental illness were 41% more likely to have a prolonged stay after surgery, and 18% more likely to experience a complication than those without a mental illness.



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