GI Surgery
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Mortality following elective paraesophageal hernia (PEH) repair remains below 0.5 percent until age 80, according to a recent publication in Surgical Endoscopy. The study, one of the largest to evaluate elective PEH repair in recent years, supports a shift from watchful waiting to operative repair for patients age 65 or older with asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic PEHs. "Age by itself should not be a contraindication to surgery," says Tanuja Damani, MD, first author on the study and surgical director of the Center for Esophageal Health.
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