surgeons views on patients suitable for aneurysm surgery

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rfhjr
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   Posted 3/3/2016 4:55 AM (GMT -6)   
My grandmother who is 86 has two large aneurysms one is ascending and the other is thoracoabdominal which has the largest diameter of 7.7 cm. She has seen two heart surgeons the last one in Durham NC and they say she would not be a candidate for surgery due to the aneurysms size, her age, and frailty. As one would have to be repaired through open surgery and then the other one with an endovascular stent. She wanted me to take her to the hospital in Cleveland OH so we contacted the doctors and they have scheduled her an appointment. I am thinking the doctors in Cleveland or going to give her the same advice as the prior two surgeons but am worried if the surgeon in Cleveland says yes to surgery how do I weigh this advice against the other surgeons who say that she may not make it through open surgery and it is not a good idea.

I have heard open surgery is difficult at any age and for someone in there 80's it would probably take a year to fully recover if there are no complications. I just did not want her to suffer through a procedure if it is not right for her.

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   Posted 3/4/2016 2:42 AM (GMT -6)   
hi there. tough stuff. bar her frailty how is she otherwise? I mean you need to look at all things, is she in care, other co morbidities, etc. her longevity needs to be determined, I mean, what are her chances in this life continuing without it. obviously she is at an age that increases her likelihood of not making it through the procedure, but then she could just be a tough old stick and surprise you all. I hear ya, tough call. see the surgeon for that opinion. I send many healing thoughts.
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