Even minor surgeries pose 'alarmingly high' risk for frail patients, study finds

A study published in JAMA Surgery documented the risks frail patients face when undergoing any type of surgery, Science Daily reports. 

Researchers examined the records of 432,828 patients who underwent a noncardiac surgical procedure.

Frail or very frail patients had higher mortality rates after facing low or moderate surgery-related stress. Up to 43 percent of frail patients died within 180 days after a moderate-stress procedure.

Study author Myrick Shinall Jr., MD, PhD, said while it was well-known that frailty was associated with complications and death, the study showed "frail patients have alarmingly high rates of postoperative death, no matter how minor the surgical procedure."

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