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.Nunzio wrote:If I had to choose, as risk of the procedure, between incision site infection and progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, I think I would take the former anytime.
The problem with the informed consents is that they are written by the malpractice insurance lawyers and include any possible complication under the sky; They become so long and convoluted that the patients ends up signing them quickly trusting that the reason their surgeon proposed the procedure is because the benefit outweigh the risk in their situation.
Also there is always a risk in not doing anything.
If I am ambulatory now and I become wheelchair bound waiting for the procedure I think this would be unacceptlable for anybody.
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).
to my knowledge, there have been no deaths from the liberation procedure yet