87 year old M-I-L with dementia living in AL. Tests have shown that she has severe hydronephrosis (urine can not drain out due to a blockage or obstruction) of the left kidney. Her right kidney is fine. Ultrasound and XRAYS do not show stones just calcifications. A cat scan has been ordered to try and get a better look.
She is not in any discomfort; other than getting frequent UTIs which are treated with antibiotics. No other symptoms.
We are told by the urologist that she would not be a candidate for shock wave therapy. Depending on what they find surgery under general anesthesia to remove an obstruction may be recommended.
I would really appreciate opinions and shared experiences of those of you that have been through surgery with general anesthesia for a LO.
We are torn as to what would be in her best interests. My fear is that the anesthesia will worsen her dementia and that she will not be able to return to AL but have to go into a nursing home.