Modifiable Risk Factors

What are Modifiable Risk Factors

Although generally safe,it is important to recognise that surgery carries a whole host of risk and various factors affect the risk.  Some are fixed, and some are variable and therefore open to modification and change.

The risk factors we have identified as being “modifiable” are

  • Alcohol
  • Anaemia
  • Diabetic Control
  • Hypertension/BP
  • Smoking
  • Weight (high and low)

All these are potentially under your control (or with medication with your doctor) and so these are the factors to concentrate on make as good as you can

Other factors affect your risk but you can’t change these such as

  • Age
  • Established and previous illness

Procedural risks

  • Your surgeon and anaesthetist will endeavour to choose the safest and most appropriate surgery/anaesthetic techniques for you

General fitness and exercise tolerance affects your response to surgical stress, so ensuring you are taking as much exercise as your health allows is very important to improving your overall risk profile