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Question: Hernia Surgery for a Senior Citizen


 seniorparents - Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:40 am

My father is 82 years old taking blood pressure medication and Coumadin. Now has an abdominal hernia. What are the risks or complications to this surgery for him? Also what are the likely consequences and alternatives if surgery is delayed or declined?
 S.WILLIAMS,RN - Fri Jan 23, 2009 10:19 pm

There are many things to consider when surgery is an option for someone near the end of their life. Are the risks associated with the surgery greater than the benefits. Sounds very simple ,but to make a list of pros and cons is one way to come to a desicion as to what should really be done.
Your Dad has some medical problems...since he's on bp med and Coumadin , does he have a heart problem? Afib? Any history of blood clots? Does this hernia cause him great discomfort? is it in danger of strangulating his bowel?
Any reputable surgeon will go over all the risks associated with the surgery and would not even propose it as an option is he thought the risks far outweighed the benefits. Do you go to the Doctor with him? maybe you should, with a list of questions to ask.
These situations are never easy to figure out.
As a nurse I see some patients in their 80's do better than 40 yo after surgery...it all depends on the individual.
Most importantly ....How does your Dad feel about having the surgery?
please keep us updated
peace,

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