Makes no sense, right? My grandfather was too weak to get out of bed the other day, and bloodwork shows he may have had a heart attack. They are doing an angiogram, and a standard stent is fine of course. But we all agree it would be silly to do more than that.
Post by karinothing on Jun 22, 2013 19:26:10 GMT -5
Yes rationale. Unless your grandfather is one of those men that is 93 and still running marathons. But regardless, I think most surgeons are hesitant to due surgery on folks that old, I think even stitching up their skin is hard (since it is thing/non stretchy).
My grandmother wanted to have a repeat hip replacement at age 94 and the doctors refused, saying that she was too old to handle the surgery. At 96, she asked again and they agreed to do it. She's 99 now and is so much more comfortable.
I'm sorry that your family is dealing with this. Such a difficult place to be.
Post by imojoebunny on Jun 23, 2013 14:26:06 GMT -5
My grandfather chose to have heart surgery at 93. It was his choice, he understood the risk. He would have died within a month or two without it. He lived another year and a half and died on his 95 birthday. He had a complication, not related to the surgery that prevented him from ever being able to eat again after the surgery. That put a damper on his quality of life. Still, he was glad for the additional time and enjoyed the life he did have left. He wanted to live to be 100.
They wouldn't operate on my 95 yo grandmother's back after a fall because of her age and she died in pain and housebound less a little over a year later. Prior to this injury, she was still driving, traveling and living independently on her own. I am still pissed at her doctors.