Surgery - Brain or Heart?

By Jess
@JJ4Ever (4696)
United States
April 12, 2010 8:37pm CST
If you had to have surgery, which would you rather have - brain or heart surgery? Why? On the other hand, if you had to perform surgery, which would you choose and why? The brain produces ideas, personality, and things like that while the heart pumps the blood and keeps everything circulating. These organs are both crucial parts of our lives, so I'm interested to know which you would choose to have operated on and to operate on if you had to decide between the two. Tough decision!
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• Canada
13 Apr 10
Just thinking about it gives me the creeps. My mom had both, she was never sick in her life, then at 70, she had an aneurysm in the brain. It was scary. She came out ok but not quite the same person as before, there was a slight change in her personality that we couldnt put our finger on. Then they found she had other aneurysms on the aorta in her heart and lower abdomen. Those were the results of the intubation they had to perform to keep her blood pressure up after the brain aneurysm. When they performed surgery on her heart, they put her on a machine that would keep the blood circulating, it resulted in one kidney stopping. The same happened when they did surgery for the aneurysm in her lower abdomen. She went through hell, ending up on dialysis. As far as Im concerned, I wont let any doctor perform any surgery on me. As for me performing surgery, Im afraid I just couldnt do this. Im the biggest chicken ever born!!
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• India
13 Apr 10
I would prefer to have heart surgery. But surgeries are weird specially when the choice is between heart and brain. So, I would not like to have any of them. And yeah it is really a tough decision.
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
30 Aug 11
What makes it so tough is that the brain and the heart are vital organs. Of course, if we had the choice of neither, that's what we'd all choose!
@checkmail (2042)
• India
13 Apr 10
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Hello JJ4Ever and don't think that this kind of need will arise as am quiet a bit health conscious.Do regular workouts, have good food habbits, like to dwell in natural place, etc stuff.Mostly me too would never think of any surgery, especially of such an important organs, as any error might turn into lifetime nightmare for us. Even hope that nobody gets that much requirement of doing an surgery for taking breath in our peaceful environment of earth.Anyways keep it up with your health and won't ever require such things to do.Happy mylotting.
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
20 Apr 10
Great point! If we keep our bodies in excellent condition, we will never have to worry about making this decision or even having surgery in real life. Thanks!
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
13 Apr 10
Do I really have to answer this!!?? Tough one JJ! Both are vital and both are painful. The physical one I may overcome but the emotional pain would be far more. My mother had brain tumor operated in 1990s. It was benign but was a long operation where she was taken to he OT in the morning and brought out in the evening. I dare not go through those terrible hours in my life. All I wanted was to be inside instead of her. Years after, I am working as a secretary to a cardiologist and having to see and feel the agony of the families who or whose loved ones are suffering from cardiac ailment is not easy. Heart or the bran both are our intrinsic parts and I dare not think of having operations on them. If I were a surgeon, I think I both being a neuro or cardiac surgeon would have been the same. Surgery is a surgery at the end of the day, patients is a patient and dedication to work is dedication. I would have been as dedicated and passionate about my job as I am now. Only ting, I think, I would need to slow down on the pace a little bit since it's life I would deal it!
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
19 Apr 10
I didn't even think about the emotional side of things until now, but you definitely bring up a good point! There is the physical healing, but the emotional healing (especially in the case of brain surgery) would probably take much longer. I think your perspective on this subject is extremely interesting! Thanks for sharing your viewpoint. It is a very tough choice to make!
• Philippines
25 Apr 10
wow that really is a tough choice. since heart and brain are the two most important part of our body. for as long as it will be successful anyone will do. it reminds me again of how wonderful is God's creation.
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
30 Aug 11
I agree with you completely! The world and how we were created is so complex. We can't even begin to fathom the kind of care and thought that was put into all of it. Thankfully, this choice wouldn't really be ours to make. Either we need an operation on one or both of these organs, or we don't. We just have to trust the doctors and hope for the best if that's the case someday and we would have to have an operation on one of these organs. This is a very tough decision to make, but I appreciate your perspective on the issue!
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
13 Apr 10
It gives me chills to think of a doctor operating on my brain. So much could happen in just a flicker of time. The same could be said about heart surgery too but I would just a little more comfortable with that. There have been a lot of successess in heart surgery over the years. i would feel all right letting the doctor operate here.
@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
30 Aug 11
That's how I feel too. Brain surgery just seems too much like the ocean where so much of it is still undiscovered and untouched whereas the heart in each human is very much the same. After all, they have "open heart" surgeries all the time it seems like, whereas with the brain, you can't just open up someone's brain and dig in without any risks...plus you have to break the skull around it to get inside. There's so much more with the brain. I think I'd be more comfortable with the heart surgery as well.
@petersum (4526)
• United States
13 Apr 10
The heart either works or doesn't, there isn't a half working state for very long. My wife had open heart surgery and it was very touch and go. Then, how many times have you heard stories of people shot in the head and surviving? I also worked in a hospital, as an engineer, where I met a world famous brain surgeon. He could not hold a cup and saucer without rattling - boy, did he shake! That's brain surgery for you, there's a lot of leeway. So, give me brain surgery by choice.
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
30 Aug 11
Wow, thanks for sharing some background about yourself. That is really interesting that you were an engineer at a hospital. I'm sure you saw and learned a lot of things in that position. I appreciate your honesty if you had to choose one of these surgeries. I know the decision would really depend on the condition and the need for the surgery, but the choice is a tough one!
@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
13 Apr 10
JJ4Ever, As you are aware, surgery of any kind is an extreme and invasive procedure which has traumatic consequences. In the past, such procedures are always considered as last resort but due to circumstances they are just becoming more necessary and preferred. If I have a choice I really prefer neither and when I am cornered I would just go as according to whatever is suitable. There are just so many procedures for different conditions, I just don't suppose I would be the one to impose. Like I've said since these procedures would depend on our conditions, so I just do not think I can make the call. But, if you are asking me which procedure I would be more comfortable and confident. Then, it would be the heart since the sciences here are being more established and advanced.
@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
30 Aug 11
Thanks for your honest answer. I know it's a difficult choice to make since neither would be our best option. However, I know making a more educated decision would be based on the actual condition and possible need for either of these surgeries. In reality, I don't think we'd ever face having to make this choice unless perhaps someone happened to have brain cancer as well as cancer of the heart. I don't even know if it's possible because cancer would probably get into the blood stream to spread before the heart...I've never heard of "heart cancer" now that I think of it. Just thinking out loud at the moment lol! Thanks again for your response.