This is Kitt.
While some surgeons weigh age more than others, conventional wisdom has been that patients over 80 don't fare as well as younger candidates when undergoing cardiac bypass surgery. Now, however, a new study may help to change that thinking and eventually persuade more doctors that age alone shouldn't be a criterion used to deny a heart patient a bypass operation.
Carefully selected patients over 80 can weather bypass surgery nearly as well as younger folks.
patients who have no other risk factors -- such as prior heart surgery or serious stroke -- should be able to withstand bypass surgery and return to a normal life.
The healthiest 80-plus patients studied who did not have a history of congestive heart failure, lung disease, or vascular disease and who did not need the bypass on an emergency basis did best among the octogenarians.
I would revisit her surgeon and ask your questions on behalf of your Mom. Discuss all the pros and cons and then talk with your Mom. I am sorry you have to face this decision but together I know you and your Mom will make the right choice.
My prayers to both of you.