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Congestive heart patient with bowel obstruction. Any option other than surgery?

My dad is 81 years old and a congestive heart patient in the last stages.We found out that he has bowel obstruction and is in a lot of paun.They are giving him morphine to ease the pain,but do not want to operate on him because of his heart.Our family is confused and don t want him to suffer with the pain.What should we do?.Take a risk and have the Dr.perform surgery to save his life or is his heart too weak to survive the surgery?
Asked On : Thu, 14 Feb 2013
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Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

His heart condition should be investigated / pressure and failure corrected to the extent possible

Rest of treatment depends on the cause of obstruction
A mechanical obstruction can not be relieved without surgery.

Wait and watch policy serves in some other events like paralytic ileus, electrolyte imbalance, mesenteric vascular insufficiency

The treating surgeon / cardiologist alone can decide

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Fri, 15 Mar 2013
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