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My husband has had three procedures to insert valves in his left lung over the past 15 months - each of which has failed. No-one can tell us why. His consultant has now suggested surgery to his right lung initially - scheduled to take place in two weeks' time. He explained all the risks and chances of improvement and said he would feel pretty rotten for between 6-9 months afterwards!!! I have done quite a lot of internet research (dangerous, but I can't help myself!!) and the BLF states there is a 1% mortality risk, papers submitted by surgeons suggest up to 16% and his consultant said 8% - quite a range. He is also having the op in the cut-off week before they stop lung operations for the winter. I wondered if anyone on this site had had the procedure and how they felt about it (for or against) and whether the risk of recovering from such an op over winter was worth taking. Just for info, at present he can do very little for himself except watch TV and read - the BLF site states if you can't walk 140m in 6 minutes, you would not be considered - strange that his consultant is happy to carry out the op - even though I very much doubt my husband could do that?
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