Perioperative complications of emergent and elective procedures in psychiatric patients

Ayal Hassidim, Sharon Bratman Morag, Moshe Giladi, Yael Dagan, Roie tzadok, Petachia Reissman, Amir Dagan

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Background Patients with psychiatric disorders have an increased risk for morbidity and mortality from other medical conditions. Methods Medical records of all the patients undergoing appendectomy (n = 2594) and laparoscopic cholecystectomy (n = 2874) from 2009 to 2014 in one hospital were reviewed. For each patient with a documented psychiatric disorder undergoing surgery, four controls were matched. Results The final sample of patients undergoing appendectomy included 96 patients, whereas those undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy included 260 patients. In the emergent scenario, psychiatric patients had longer time from symptom appearance to admission, longer hospitalization duration, and increased rate and severity of postoperative complications. In the elective scenario, psychiatric patients were shown to have more postoperative respiratory complications. Conclusions Our results, together with the high prevalence of psychiatric disorders in the population, underscore the importance of screening for psychiatric disorders and their proper documentation in surgical patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-299
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Surgical Research
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Appendectomy
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Complications
  • Psychiatry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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