According to the observation made by the study authors, every year there is an increasing number of patients advanced in years who require surgical management of their vascular disease. They constitute more than 4% of all patients. The similar situation is our medical centre, where the number of the hospitalisations of octogenarians increases with every subsequent year. In spite of many concomitant diseases we propose them immediate operation. Then it seems to be important a comparison two ways of treatment: immediate and elective ones.
<bold>The aim of the study</bold> was evaluation of the results obtained in the treatment of vascular diseases requiring an immediate surgical intervention.
<bold>Material and methods.</bold> In the years 2005-2007, there were 150 patients treated for arterial diseases. The group consisted of 87 men (58%) and 63 women (42%), with a mean age of 83.6. All the patients were divided into two groups: patients undergoing an elective surgery (n = 113), and those operated on immediately (n = 37). For both these groups was performed the comparison analysis, concerning the most important concomitant disorders, having an unquestionable influence on the final results of the operative treatment
<bold>Results.</bold> The comparison analysis of deaths, amputations, and hospitalisation period in the elective and immediate surgeries revealed the following: 5.3% vs 21.6% (p = 0.006), 7.9% vs 13.5% (p = 0.33), and 15.8 vs 9.8, respectively.
<bold>Conclusions.</bold> Immediate vascular surgery is especially needed by older women. Culture and customs are the reasons for treatment delay in Poland, with its direct effects on the treatment results.
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