Hi. I had my 2 month follow up MRI/MRV in December 09 after my Oct. 09 stents and angioplasty. I have one stent high jugular, one stent azygos, and Dr. Dake did an angioplasty just at the subclavical area of the jugular. I think this is important for those who think Dr. Dake just does stents.
My follow up MRI/MRV at just 2 months was astonishing. The big fat 'collateral' veins that were taking the load of the pinched jugular before, were small and faintly visible (post-op) where as before they were huge, fat and shiny white (pre-op). Post Op the Jugular looked like a nice vein with structure. PreOp it was only visible to me where Dr. Dake showed me the problems. After, I could see all by myself.
I am not going to say I know how to read those MRIs. That is an art in itself, I have decided. But the areas that were treated, sure look alot better to me.
And Dr. Dake was very happy with the results.
SO, as of today, I have declared myself MS FREE.
I do not have even ONE of the horrible MS issues I dealt with for 10 years. Honest.
When I run into people now who I have not seen for a few years they all say the same thing. 'OH MY GOD, WHAT HAPPENED?" I tell them I don't have MS anymore, I had a venous problem repaired at Stanford and I give them my card (yes!) to call me if they want more info. It saves alot of time that we usually don't have in meeting in the grocery store or wherever. And they always say they know someone who wants the info.
So, I have given out alot of info this way. Just walking the streets!! ha ha
So, I hope this is the information you are looking for?
1. Yes, obvious difference in the appearance in MRI post op at 2 months.
2. Yes, obvious and amazing results.
3. I have coined my own phrase, MS FREE!! Cancer patients are called Cancer Free after treatmens so I am MS FREE after treatment. The End!
Sincerely, Rose I pray daily for this to continue for everyone.
Please feel free to PM me if you would like to ask me anything.