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Table 3 Nature and number of 95 early postoperative complications in 83 patients broken down according to the Dindo classification and categorized by age groups. When several complications occurred, the patient was counted in the highest category applicable

From: Laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy is as safe in septuagenarians or elder as in younger women

Early postoperative complications n ≤70 years > 70 years p value
Number of patients 554 356 198  
Number of patients with complications (% of the population) 84 (15.2%) 57 (16.0%) 27 (13.6%) 0.455
Number of complications 95 61 34  
Dindo II—any deviation from the normal postoperative course requiring pharmacological treatment with drugs other than such allowed for grade I complications 77 53 (14.9%) 24 (12.1%) 0.372
Antibiotics for asymptomatic or symptomatic urinary tract infection 33 24 9  
Antibiotics for postoperative fever and/or CRP rise 11 9 2  
Treatment of vaginal infection 4 3 1  
Antibiotics for umbilical/trocar wound infection 4 4 0  
Antibiotics for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation/pneumonia 2 2 0  
Antibiotic prophylaxis after vomiting during extubation 1 1 0  
Blood transfusion 11 6 5  
Administration of (additional) drugs (amlodipine, perindopril, digoxin, bisoprolol, haloperidol) 7 1 6  
Low molecular weight heparin for treatment of deep venous thrombosis/pulmonary embolism 4 3 1  
Dindo IIIa—complication requiring surgical, endoscopic, or radiologic intervention not under general anesthesia 4 1 (0.3%) 3 (1.5%) 0.100
Infection with mesh extrusion, vaginally removed in the office 1 0 1  
Urinary retention, catheterization 3 1 2  
Dindo IIIb—complication requiring surgical, endoscopic, or radiologic intervention under general anesthesia 13 7 (2.0%) 6 (3.0%) 0.429
Reoperation for prolapse 1 0 1  
Reoperation for suspected hemorrhage 4 2 2  
Reoperation for ureter reimplantation 1 1 0  
Reoperation for mesh removal 2 1 1  
Reoperation for exposure sling 1 1 0  
Reoperation: cholecystectomy 2 2 0  
Reoperation for bowel obstruction 2 0 2  
Dindo IV—life-threatening complication 1 0 (0.0%) 1 (0.5%) 0.357
ICU admission for cardiac decompensation and pulmonary edema 1 0 1  
  1. Abbreviations: CRP, C-reactive protein. Statistics were done on individual patient basis for each Dindo category