poor surgical candidateJoe Segen2016-11-24T07:15:07+00:00
poor surgical candidate
A self-explanatory term for a patient who is far less likely to withstand the rigours of a surgical intervention and derive objective benefit therefrom than would a healthier patient.
Factors that make poor surgical candidates Poorly controlled diabetes, hypertension, bleeding disorders, prior myocardial infarction, severe emphysema, terminal cancer, advanced AIDS, etc.
Synonym Unstable patient
Note: Not to be confused with financially strapped surgical candidate