He takes warfarin also. Last few ops hes had (knee, hip) have not gone well at all - hes had complications, his last knee one just didn’t work. Every time hes ended up with extended stays in hospital.
Now the consultant is saying he can have another knee replacement if he wants. Surely at his age and with his history its very high risk indeed?
Thing is with Dad, as some on this forum will remember, he treats the medical profession badly. He expects to click his fingers and they fix things. Hes also one for making out things are worse than they actually are. Part of me is wondering if this consultant has had enough of his moaning and basically said, “look I can’t do any more, have an op or don’t”.
Dad gets around. He can walk 1/2 a mile or so - yes hes tired afterwards but hes 85. He admitted his other problems (polymyalgia) cause him more pain and his knee isnt that bad.
He doesn’t even take all the painkillers the GP gives him. (another story that one)…
I dunno I just think the potential risks are just way too much. He could end up worse off. Months in hospital or worse the op could finish him off.
I know Dad - if he was at the end of his tether with pain he’d let everyone know. For him to say, its not that bad, and still not be taking full dose of painkillers…
(I had back problems and I’d be counting down the minutes to next codeine)
Of course, he wants to chat with me to basically make the decision for him…
Well I wasn’t aware there were alternatives to warfarin. And yes he has blood tests regularly - its a nightmare.
Things is hes got other blood disorders too which means his INR range is different to everyone else too so dunno if this makes any difference,
Hello Paul. I am not sure the consultant said this just to shut Dad up. If the operation should go ahead there will be aftercare and medication and pain and aggro. It would be easier for the consultant to say a firm “No”.
Have you tried to have a few words alone with the consultant, where you could state your concerns and Dad’s lack of co-operation? This could be instructive on both sides.