MarkW wrote:Hello Donnchadh,
My understanding was 'Angioplasty (PTA) said Prof Zamboni on 14 April 2010'. The seminar lasted nearly 2 hours and is a bit technical but I suggest you review it before demanding stents. Note - ballooning is safe to repeat.
If I can get the IR to insert stents, I definitely will. I am convinced that my "MS" or rather CCSVI started with a bad fall twenty years ago. I believe that the internal jugular veins have been permanently damaged as a direct result of that accident. My recent MRV shows a massive network of collateral veins developed as a bypass to the bilateral stenosis in the jugulars.
Also, there is the consideration of cost: each balloon procedure is mind blowingly expensive...I simply cannot afford to repeat this 3 or 4 times in the hope that one of them will "take." Better to use stents and be done with it.