My husband has an aorta aneurysm which the hospital has been monitoring for quite a few years. Now it is at the stage where normally surgery, major surgery, would be recommended. It is 5.4 and it appears they wouldn't normally operate on less than that. However because of his alzheimers they now say that they have decided not to operate as they fear he would be unable to cope with the operation. I was advised that the chance of it rupturing is less than 1.5%, but if it did then that would be it - lights out. There is no discussion on this, the doctors have decided it's not advisable and he has been discharged. Part of me feels that maybe it is better if he is spared the operation, and yet part of me feels that it's as if having alzheimers means he's written off. I just don't know what to think.