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My father, who is 85 years old, had a scan for prostate problems. Soon after he was sent an appointment to see a vascular surgeon who told him he had a 6cm Aortic Aneurysm in his belly. They said it should be fixed to prevent premature death from a rupture.
I did some reading and there is no information about when you should not have an operation. The World Health Organisation says death is premature when age is under 75.
I know vascular surgeons look for aneurysms in younger men ( 65 years old) but not women.
Why are surgeons offering operations to 85 year olds to prevent the possibility of premature deaths?
if they offer operations when an aneurysm is found, what about all the other 85 year olds who have one but do not know it. It does not seem to be fair that my father should have an operation when others might not know about their Aneurysm.
Confused. What do you think?
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