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Is there any hope in doing thoracic surgery on an 81 year

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Is there any hope in doing thoracic surgery on an 81 year man who had a collapsed lung and has a leak that has failed to heal? He is currently using a respiratory "box" to aid in keeping the affected lung functioning.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Nadim Al-Mubarak replied 10 months ago.

Hi there

  • The age is not a prohibitive factor in preforming this kind of surgery. It's the over-all clinical condition and the presence/absence of other serious illnesses. In addition, The expected clinical benefit should also justify the surgery.
  • An otherwise healthy 81 years old man, with no serious heart conditions, whose life to some extent depends on this surgery, or at least will benefit from it, should be expected to do well. Of course, complications can not be predicted and can potentially occur, the risk should be acceptable.

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Expert:  Nadim Al-Mubarak replied 10 months ago.

Let me know if you have any more questions