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Surgery Option for Older Adult Should Be Based on Risk Vs. Benefit

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Dear Carol: My dad’s nearly 80 and was told during an appointment with his doctor last winter that he’s a likely candidate for future heart bypass surgery. This is no emergency, but we are trying to help him decide what to do. I worry about him having a heart attack, but he also has several other health problems to consider. Now, the risk of coronavirus has made everything scarier. He says that he’s leaning against surgery because of all the risks. My brother says that we need to “force” him to have the surgery when the doctor says he’s ready. My sister says the surgery is too dangerous, especially with the virus, and we should let him be. I’m torn between their views. Who’s right? – GT

Continue reading on Inforum for more about how to balance the risk of surgery in one's older years against the benefits - yes even during COVID-19:

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