Management of the skin and soft tissue in the geriatric surgical patient

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Aging has significant effects on the healing ability of the geriatric population. When the elderly suffer injuries, they have a decreased metabolic reserve to handle the stress required to recover. Diseases of the elderly, such as malnutrition, diabetes mellitus, treatment of malignancies, and vascular disease, all impair tissue repair. The geriatric population is more prone to pressure ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, and other chronic wounds. This review discusses how changes in the elderly lead to impaired healing or chronic wounds. Prevention of these problems and their treatment are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-114
Number of pages12
JournalSurgical Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015


  • Burns
  • Chronic wounds
  • Geriatric
  • Skin
  • Wound healing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Medicine(all)


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