I am trying to weigh some risk benefit analysis in regards to my grandmothers aneurysm which has now grown in the past year to the 8 cm range which according to what I have read has about a 30% to 50% chance of rupture, For the elephant truck how physically demanding would this be for an 85 year old. My grandmother is active for her age and can move without any type of assistance.
The hospital in Cleveland OH has advised us of all the risks.
I also had a question about second opinions. We went to a hospital in Durham NC over a year ago and the doctors told us due to her age they did not want to operate. This year we got a second opinion from the hospital in Cleveland OH and they suggested the elephant trunk procedure and then a customized stent for the remaining part of the aneurysm. The aneurysm has grown during the past year so maybe this may have affected the second hospitals view. But these two hospitals are ranked in the top 10 for treating heart problems and did not know why there would be two different views. Since the hospital in Durham NC is closer to our home could we go back to a different set of doctors there with the information we received from the hospital in Cleveland OH and they would be more receptive or when doctors reject a patient for surgery are they speaking for the hospital in general. Any guidance would be appreciated. Thank you