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What health complications are commonly associated with frailty?

Patients with frail health have less ability to overcome stressors such as illness, falls and injury, and have a higher risk of adverse effects from medications, procedures and surgery.

Further, frailty in surgery patients is consistently associated with a greater risk for surgical complications, increased length of hospital stay and discharge to a rehabilitation facility rather than home. In addition, frail patients are at a higher risk for readmission, suffer from lower quality of life following surgery and end up paying higher overall costs for their care.

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