There's nothing wrong with giving family members information. This will help them make difficult decisions. Ask his doctor for medical information that answers common questions and addresses typical fears.
It may be best not to rely on the opinions and experiences of friends and family. Each patient has his or her own unique needs. There may be other medical issues to consider such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or osteoporosis.
Studies show the decision is best made by the patient with his or her doctor's input. Patients who make their own choices are more confident in those decisions. Many patients delay the operation because they are unsure there's enough support and services to help them through the first few months. Families can help loved ones look at these concerns and plan accordingly.