Do you have any idea how long your type of stents are expected to last? I have not been able to find any info. on that. I hope to be alive for another 30 or 40 years, or more, and I wonder how the hardware will hold up. I think stents have only been around for about a decade, so obviously no data beyond that, but was there any discussion with Dr. Dake around that?
How often do you need to go for follow-up, and would those visits be for the rest of one's life?
Do you know if the stents become fused with the vein through endothelial growth? Could they be removed in the future?
I get you on the repeating ballooning possibility, but if the research turns up other ways to deal with stenosis that contra-indicate the stents, or are an alternative, I might not mind paying twice.
I suppose that everyone is leary of stents, for various reasons, but if I have to make that decision on the operating table, I want to be as informed as possible. Has anyone asked these questions of the surgeons?
My name is not really Johnson. MSed up since 1993