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What are risks involved in spine surgery for heart patient?

hi doctor my mother is going to have spine surgery on Saturday.she is 79 years old and is heart patient.In 2011 she had two angioplasty.she had 5 stents implanted.her heart doctor has stopped DEPLATT A(75 mg) .he has put her on ECOSPRIN 75. What are the risks involved before and after surgery? this surgery is for severe LUMBAR CANAL STENOSIS.doctor says survival after such surgery is not good in cardiac patients. is it so? we are terrified, please advise.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015
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Hello. I have been through your question and understand your question.

The problem with surgery is that you should stop taking the drugs for several days before surgery because these are blood thinners. In this period the chances of heart problems increase about 30%.

Still it does not make a contra indication to surgery.

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