A team of researchers has discovered that married men are more likely to survive surgery.
The study of more than 11,500 adults who had undergone non-heart surgery was carried out.
Overall, 7.6 percent of those patients died within two years of having their operation.
The study revealed that single men are a third more likely to die within two years of hospital treatment and divorcees have a 76 percent greater risk of post-surgery death than married men or widowers.
However, being married has no post-surgery effect for women.
"This is the first study to demonstrate the protective effect of marriage across a wide variety of surgical procedures," said researchers from Duke University in North Carolina.
The study appears in the Journal of Surgical Research.
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