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02 September 2010

Poor recovery from elective surgery

Many patients experience more physical and emotional problems a year after elective surgery than they did before their operation, researchers find.

Many patients experience more physical and emotional problems a year after elective surgery than they did before their operation, researchers find.

The study

In terms of overall recovery, the average level of recovery was 79% at six months and 82% at one year after surgery. Only 47% of patients achieved near optimal recovery (defined as 90% or more) after one year, with about 15% of patients reporting their recovery at 50% or less.

 
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