Sorry to hear of you father's unfortunate outcome of an aneurysm repair.
Its difficult to assess a surgical outcome without more detail. The risk increases if there are serious health problems, which may be more likely in some individuals especially if they are very elderly, may increase the chances of having complications during aneurysm surgery. If your dad's general health is good, however, the age alone is not a reason to avoid necessary aneurysm repair. Other factors that may increase your chances of complications include:
• Congestive heart failure
• Cardiopulmonary obstructive disease (COPD), in which airflow through your lungs is decreased
• A previous heart attack, which may indicate coronary artery disease (CAD)
• Recurring chest pain (angina), which may also indicate CAD
These risk factors should have been evaluated and treated by your physician before elective aneurysm repair to lessen your chances of complications associated with aneurysm repair. However, if the surgery was due to an emergency (rupture or dissection) the risk is much greater.
For some insight: "Nearly half of people who suffer from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm end up dying. Now a new less invasive endovascular technique is being trialed for people suffering the condition. In one report, 44 patients with ruptured aneurysms were treated using the new technique and 85% survived compared to about 50% in those who have major open surgery
. Each year, 50,000 people in the US have elective surgery to treat abdominal aortic aneurysm and there are about 50,000 other sufferers who are undiagnosed. Undiagnosed cases face the risk of sudden bleeding which can be exacerbated when invasive abdominal surgery begins. The new technique involves threading a tiny tube through blood vessels where it can then seal off the site of the aneurism which will stop the bleeding. People at risk of abdominal aneurysms are older men, those who smoke, have high blood pressure or a family history of the condition. Diagnosis is through x-rays and sonograms. Experts hope the new technique becomes increasingly used in emergency situations".
JUST WANT TO KNOW WHAT IS Cardiopulmonary obstructive disease (COPD), in which airflow through your lungs is decreased, MY HUSBAND IS 53 YEARS OLD AND WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A INFRARENAL AORTIC ANNEURYSM 45 WITH EXTENSIVE MURAL THROMBUS IN ABDOMENT AFTER GOING FOR A ROUTINE BLOOD TEST WICH WS NORMAL AND A URINE TEST AS HE HAS HAD MICROSOCOIC HEMATURIA BUT AS HIS RESSURE WAS HIGH THE DOCTOR CHECKED ON HIS ALBUMIN AND HE IT WS 618, AS HE HAS HYERTENSION, IT SHOULD BE BELOW 25, SO THEY DID A RENAL ULTRASOUND AND IT WS DECTECTED SO THEY SENT HIM TO GET AN SCAN WITH IV CONTRAST AND THE KIDNEYS AND EVERYTHING ELESE LOOKED NORMAL HE HAD NO INDICATION THAT HE EVEN HAD A ANNEURYSM, HE HAD DIFFFICULTY HOLDING BREATH WHEN THE SCAN WS DONE AS HE HAS A COUGH AND HE IS A SMOKER, I AM SO WORRIED AS HIS MUM DIED LAST YEAR WITH AN ANEURYSM IN ABDOMEN AND GRANDMA HAD THROMBUS AND UNCLE HAS AN ANURYSM, IN STOMACH TOO FOR THE LAST SEVEN EARS AND HAS NOT GONE FOR ANY CHECK US, HE WILL BE SEENING MR ADRIAN LING IN MELBOURNE WHAT QUESTONS SHOULD I ASK I JUST NEED SOME INFORMATION CAN THEY DO THE OERATION AS HE HAS BOTH AT THE MOMENT HE WS ON ATACAND 35 MG AND THE DR UT HIM ON COVERSYL 5 MG, HE HAD HIS RESSURE CHECK ON 24 WHI WAS ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY FIVE OVER NIETY AND THE NEXT DAY IT WAS ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY FIVE OVER NINETY FIVE, THEY STOED THE ATACAND AND ONLY GIVING HIM COVERSYL 56MG, IS THERE ANY OTHER TEST HE MIGHT NEED TO DO. I JUST NEED SOME DIVINE INTERVENTION AT THIS MOMENT NOT TO LOSE MY WSANITY SO ANYHING THAT YOU COULD INFORM ME ON OR ANY QUESTIONS THAT I SHOULD ASK WOULD BE GREATLY ARECIATED. GOD BLESS YOU ALL SUZILEE WHERE WAS YIYUR DADS ANNEURYSM SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR DAD WHO WAS HIS DOCTOR AND WHERE WAS IT ERFORMED EG COUNTRY ETC
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