bluesky63 wrote:I struggled with this statement, especially since I wanted to give a source or a link.....
...One doctor worked half the time with veins; another is an international expert in venous issues; another is considered one of the premier experts in the whole field of vascular surgery. I believe them when they say it's safe.
I have also searched both pubmed and google for apropriate links, but most vascular surgeons use "angioplasty" when they mean both arteries and veins, and most published references to venoplasty are in connection to dire procedures for liver transplants, coronary disease, etc. -- none of which provide clean stats we could link to for straightforward venoplasty without including risks related to the other dire conditions.
So . . . no good links to back up the statement about overall safety compared other options. But I still believe it:-)
I tend to believe the same - I was told by one IR that venous angioplasty should by 99% safe.
But, then again, at one time on this site it was believed that stents were perfectly safe. And there are claims that they are expected to last forever. So, even the experts might disagree among themselves.