I had my 2nd procedure on Wed. Here's the scoop:
Dr. Arata was training Dr. Harris so he has a 2nd for his new treatment center. I was pretty out of it, so my account of the procedure itself will be spotty!
Went in on the left this time. I had some indications of May-Thurner. I don't know exactly what he found, but I know he didn't place any stents. If he ballooned, it didn't leave any tenderness.
Ballooned the azygous vein extensively. Note: I was quite aware of this part, and it was EXTREMELY unnerving. All my chest & back muscles clenched up in response. They gave me more sedative and so I missed the transition...
Next thing I know, he's going in from the right and ballooning my restenosed jugulars. Pretty wide, too--I think he said 20 millimeters (must be with 2 balloons).
So what are the results? I've felt very good since then, tho my neck is tender and I certainly feel it when I cough or bend over too far. No other soreness.
1) My bladder control seems better--I slept thru 3 nites in a row! 2) Upon waking, I am not stiff at all as I used to be. 3_ My left hand will now unfold by itself in the morning. 4) The swelling in my feet and ankles is much less, tho it is still there.
And I think that's all. But since my main hope is to stop progression, these little signs are darn exciting.
I'll post again after my follow-up visit on Friday. I'll also ask Dr. Arata a lot of questions about his new clinic and post the answers in those threads.