My mother is 94 years old, mentally alert and acute. She has fallen several times in recent months, and was in the hospital after the most recent fall. The doctor in charge of her care at the hospital says she has hydronephrosis in her right kidney, and recommends that she have a stent inserted to relieve the blockage of urine. Otherwise, he says she will lose her kidney. He says it should be done right away.
Her primary care doctor says this is too risky for someone of her age. He says she should not have it done. He has been caring for her for 20 years and has seen her through several serious conditions. She has a a fistula between the anus and vagina, raising the danger of infection, and declined an operation several years ago and it is too late to do it now. She also has a thickening of the colon and was hospitalized with an infection, which she recovered from. She does not want any surgery. The hospital doctor says the stent procedure is much less risky than surgery. Primary care doc says it;s a bad idea. Anyone have any throughts on which way to go?
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