mmcc wrote: I am a person willing to take a high level of risk to avoid further disability, but comparing PML to an insicion infection is hardly realistic. The risk of PML so far is estimated at 1 in 1,000, with not all cases fatal. The risk of death from angioplasty (in arteries - don't know for veins) is higher than that.
It is important to realize that neither Tysabri nor Liberation surgery, or any other medical treatment, including aspirin is risk free. The risks from libertation surgery cannot possibly be completely known at this point. I would remind you that a year into Tysabri as a monotherapy there were NO cases of PML. Liberation surgery has not been around long enough to know what the long term risks might be.
That said, I am waiting for my date to have it (and I took Tysabri, too).
I beg to differ. Angioplasty has been a well established, well practiced procedure for more than 3 decades. If this were a brand new, never performed procedure, then you would have a point. BUT, there has never been ANY reason to suggest that improved blood flow would ever have long term negative effects. The risks are early on for the most part. If something adverse were to happen, it would be earlier and not likely to be a year down the road.
This is not the invention of the wheel and it needs to be studied. This is a new use for the wheel, so understanding the benefits seems to be more the case. For that it seems to be overkill to have Drs halted doing this for us.