The TRUE risks of ANY surgery -- revealed!

There was a time when you could bounce back from anything like a champ.

Rock climbing, cliff diving, trail riding -- nothing was off limits, right?

Today, though, it seems like even a stubbed toe can sometimes ache for days!

When you're older, it can be tougher to recover from life's bumps and bruises -- and it can be especially challenging to get back on your feet after surgery.

Now, the latest research shines a light on why some folks struggle so much after operations.

They don't get back in action.

They can barely get out of bed.

And some end up trapped in a nightmare cycle of agonizing problems including pain, disability, and hospital readmissions.

Some folks even pay the ultimate price.

The difference? Frailty.

No one likes to admit it when they're turning weak, but the new study shows why it's time for some honesty -- because it's not just your pride that's on the line.

It could be your life.

While it's not surprising to find that frail folks have worse outcomes after surgery, the new report finds you could face those risks yourself... even if you're NOT frail!

Millions of older Americans aren't quite there yet, but they're certainly getting a little weaker.

If you're among them, you could face almost the same risks after surgery as those who are already frail.

In the month after surgery, both those who are frail and those who are vulnerable to becoming frail are four and a half times more likely to be readmitted or die than those who are well.

Six months later, frail folks still have triple the risk, while those who are vulnerable have double the risk.

Of course, you can't always choose surgery.

Life can throw you some curveballs... especially if you're still rock climbing, cliff diving, and trail riding.

Emergencies happen, and you could end up needing a procedure.

If that's the case, be aware of the risks and take steps to reduce them with a mix of good follow-up care, cautious recovery, and old-fashioned good nutrition.

And for elective surgeries such as common joint operations, be honest with yourself and your doctor. Go through the tests and make sure that you're capable of the surgery AND the recovery.

Get a second opinion if you have to, especially if your surgeon is a little too aggressive with his sales pitch.

If it doesn't feel right, see what other options you have. In many cases, including those joint procedures, there are nonsurgical options that can work better even if you're not frail.