Frailty alone does not predict surgical outcomes in elderly: study

The findings show older patients should undergo surgical treatment when they first present with their illness, authors say.
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Among the over 65s, the risk level of a surgery, rather than the patient’s degree of frailty appears to be the biggest factor in outcomes, according to US researchers.

Two key factors emerged in the findings on emergency general surgery among older patients: How frail a patient was prior to their procedure, and whether the surgery was deemed to be high- or low-risk.