Be on the lookout for postoperative PTSD

Months after acute medical care is complete, patients may face increased risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and it seems that even those undergoing elective surgery are not immune.

One in five patients who underwent lumbar spinal fusion surgery developed PTSD symptoms within a year, an American prospective cohort study of 73 patients has reported.

Researchers already knew that patients who received treatment for conditions such as cancer or trauma, or following organ transplantation, had higher odds of developing PTSD in the aftermath, but this