mlrm wrote:Dr. Sclafani,
Its Marie Louise from Denmark! You treated me back in March 2010, by openeing both the right and the left jugular vein. I felt great and almost all of my symptoms disapeared!
marie Louise: I could never forget you! You were inspirational for your hopefulness, courage and gentleness., not to mention your beauty (which i just mentioned)
As you may remember my right vein collapsed on the airplane back home to DK. I felt it right away by experiencing almost fainthing, extreme dizzyness, extreme fatigue and intense heartbeat.
how could i ever forget. transatlantic travel for liberation is not without risks.
In June I had the right vein opened again, with balloon, in Euromedic Poland. No Probs for 3 months. I had a great summer without fatigue, dizzyness, intense heartbeat, pain and so on.
that was great. so it wasnt thrombosis? Thats a relief. just a simple case of restenosis.
No doctor believed that going on an airplane could be the cause of the collaps. So I chose to travel again for a vacation we had bought back in January. Destination: Rome.
Know you might guess what happened in Fionicino airport? Yes!: almost faingthing, extreme dizzyness, extreme fatigue and strong heartbeat. Can you imagine our trip to the Vatican
I do not think the plane ride did this. I think it was the inadequacy of the venoplasties, both the american and the polish varietes.
Anyway: Simka scanned my veins again and says that there are problems in both the right and left side. I am going to have the procedure newt monday ( the 15th of Nov.). Since I refuse to have a stent, Simka started talking about cutting balloons.
My QuestionS to you: I never heard about anyone having the procedure three times. Do the risks increase everytime they do it?
yes, i think you should have it, you are surely an improver after the angioplasty. I think the risks are the same. Unfortunately i think the results will be the same.....initial improvement then recurrent symptoms when the valve restenoses.
[/quote]Do you think a cutting balloon might help me, or should I just stay away from airplanes?
my original forays into this used 10 mm balloons because i wanted to follow the zamboni protocol as much as possible before venturing out into uncharted territory. Restenosis was common...i thought we were not dilating wide enough.
Gradually going from ten mm balloons to cutting balloons and 14 mm balloons but still not satisfied.
Frankly, i do not think that cutting balloons are going to work. The largest commercially available cutting balloon i have is 8 mm in diameter. i do not think it made a difference after all. Others have used "poor man" cutting balloons using regular guidewires pressed against the wall by balloon catheters together to attempt creation of a better device. Perhaps they will work. I am currently looking at 16-22 mm balloons in attempts to exceed the elastic recoil of the narrowed segment.
So good luck with marian.