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

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Ball, C. G., Kirkpatrick, A. W., Williams, D. R., Jones, J. A., Polk, J. D., Vanderploeg, J. M., Talamini, M. A., Campbell, M. R., & Broderick, T. J. (2012). Prophylactic surgery prior to extended-duration space flight: Is the benefit worth the risk? Canadian Journal of Surgery, 55(2), 125-131. https://doi.org/10.1503/cjs.024610