Can I Refuse Heart Surgery?

Can you refuse to have surgery?

A patient may refuse surgery as long as they can understand the decision, the effect that decision will have on them and act in their own best interest.

A competent patient has the right to refuse any treatment, even if it will shorten their life, and choose an option that provides the best quality of life for them..

Is open heart surgery necessary?

When is open-heart surgery needed? Open-heart surgery may be done to perform a CABG. A coronary artery bypass graft may be necessary for people with coronary heart disease. Coronary heart disease occurs when the blood vessels that provide blood and oxygen to the heart muscle become narrow and hard.

What are alternatives to open heart surgery?

One alternative to open-heart surgery is transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a procedure in which a collapsible replacement valve is inserted into the heart through a catheter. Previous research has shown that TAVR is safe and effective for high-risk patients.

How long can you wait to have bypass surgery?

The length of time you’ll have to wait to have a coronary artery bypass graft will vary from area to area. Your GP or cardiac surgeon should be able to tell you what the waiting lists are like in your area or at the hospital you have chosen. Ideally, you should be treated within 3 months of the decision to operate.

Can a surgeon refuse to operate on a smoker?

A physician who refuses care to smokers on this basis might, by logical extension, be compelled to refuse to treat patients who have other risky habits, such as consuming fatty foods, alcohol, or excessive sugar or failing to exercise.

Should smokers be refused surgery?

Professor Peters says that smoking up to the time of any surgery increases cardiac and pulmonary complications, impairs tissue healing, and is associated with more infections. These effects increase the costs of care and also mean less opportunity to treat other patients, he writes.