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Frailty in the older adult: A surgical deterrent?

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A recent New York Times article focuses on a surgeon who uses a frailty scale to help him determine the appropriateness of surgery for his elderly patients. The belief is that older adults with higher degrees of frailty do poorly postoperatively. This idea is taking hold nationally, and although many surgeons are taking frailty into account, it is not yet routine to screen elderly patients for frailty before surgical procedures. more

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