Prophylactic surgery prior to extended-duration space flight: Is the benefit worth the risk?

Chad G. Ball, Andrew W. Kirkpatrick, David R. Williams, Jeffrey A. Jones, J. D. Polk, James M. Vanderploeg, Mark A. Talamini, Mark R. Campbell, Timothy J. Broderick

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    Abstract

    This article explores the potential benefits and defined risks associated with prophylactic surgical procedures for astronauts before extended-duration space flight. This includes, but is not limited to, appendectomy and cholecystesctomy. Furthermore, discussion of treatment during space flight, potential impact of an acute illness on a defined mission and the ethical issues surrounding this concept are debated in detail.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)125-131
    Number of pages7
    JournalCanadian Journal of Surgery
    Volume55
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Apr 2012

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Surgery

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