The 5 most common elective surgeries for older adults

The most common elective surgical procedure for older adults was major joint surgery, according to a recent study.

The study, published Jan. 30 in JAMA Network Open, surveyed 2,110 adults 50- to 80-years-old in August 2021. Respondents were asked whether they had considered an elective surgery — defined as a procedure that was scheduled in advance and not done for an immediate life-threatening health problem —  in the past five years.

Of respondents, 32% reported considering having elective surgery, and 66.6% of those underwent surgery.

Here are the five most common elective surgical procedures considered:

Major joint surgery: 18.1%

Eye surgery: 12.4%

Abdominal surgery: 10.2%

Cosmetic surgery: 8.8%

Foot or leg surgery: 6.8%

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