drsclafani wrote:drbart wrote:drsclafani wrote:Today I added a cutting ballloon to my amamentarium of tools for use in liberation. This balloon has some sharp edges of metal attached to the balloon. When the balloon is opened, the metal presses into the tissues. it creates a indentation. After creating the creasing of the vein or valve, I then went to my usual 14 millimeter high pressure balloon and the vein dilated so easily and smoothly. it was like buttah! and created a very large venous confluens.
a friend had his second angioplasty thursday. his stenosis was a very tight thing (dunno the label) high enough into his skull that he had trouble finding an IR who would work on it.
initial reports are that it wasn't quite like buttah, or even i-can't-believe-it's-not-buttah. they wound up using "the wire", which i gather is a pre-balloon thing that sounds even creepier than the cutting balloon animation i saw elsewhere.
can you comment? are you still a CB fan?
i am but i havent used it in two months
i am not sure i would have used a cutting balloon that high. There are some important things up there.
into the skull? i have my own trepidation doing that. Thankfully i havent had the opportunity to meet that critter yet.
so it was interesting to see dr siskin report on this case, and his observation that the vein's reaction to the cutting balloon was to close up even tighter than before.
have you and he had subsequent discussions about cutting balloons?