hope410 wrote:Dr. Sclafani - so are you using 18mm balloons routinely now? On ALL veins (incl. azygous)? Regardless of 'normal' size of healthy part of vein and since vein size is so variable? If so, doesn't this increase vein damage/risk of rupture for smaller veins?
Do we have data on reduction of re-stenosis due to usage of larger balloons, or just Dr. Sinan's observations? I think some IR's in California are also using larger balloons too. Is it riskier?
if this helps, here he talked about the likely range of balloon diameters depending upon the size of the vein:
risk of rupture, even at 10 mm, and what to do in event of rupture:
none has occurred yet: http://www.thisisms.com/ftopicp-146173.html#146173
"age of discovery" (studies needed, lack of data): http://www.thisisms.com/ftopicp-121337.html#121337