Joan Rivers’ Death Highlights Precautions for Surgery

After comedic icon Joan Rivers’ death on Thursday, many are thinking about the risks and precautions for seniors before they have a medical procedure. A New York geriatrician says physicians and families must take into account many factors before a procedure is performed. “Prior to undertaking any procedure – a minor one or a major one – it is very important for the physician care team to sit down with the patient and the family and explore together our goals,” says Gisele Wolf-Klein, MD, director of geriatric education for the North Shore-LIJ Health System. “What are you hoping to achieve from that procedure? What if something does happen – would you still have undergone the procedure? Are you quite sure you want to do the procedure at this time?”

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