Fitness for surgery and an understanding of the realities of risk. How important is it for surgery to take place when balanced against the specific health needs of the patient? How do we encourage patients to alter pathological aspects of their lives in order to minimise the chances of a negative outcome?

Professor Monty Mythen presents with Dr Joff Lacey and guests, Professor Sol Aronson, a tenured professor at Duke University and Executive Vice Chairman in the Department of Anesthesiology, and Dr Mike Irwin, Professor and Head, Department of Anaesthesiology, University of Hong Kong.

Sponsored by EBPOM and Edwards Life Sciences this piece was recorded on day two of EBPOM 2017.

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