esta wrote:hi interrupted
i remember reading Simka's reply to a neurologist in n. america approx. 6 weeks ago, that he had done 100 stents and zero problems...
Cece wrote:I trust Dr. Sclafani, who thinks stents are not a good idea. There are a lot of twisting forces in the neck; these are being put into relatively young people with many decades ahead in which a problem could develop; they have not yet been tested in veins and the neck; Dr. Zamboni has never had to use a stent but treats restenosis with reballooning; there is a real likelihood that venous stents will be developed and marketed in the next five-ten years;...
newfie-girl wrote:I read here somewhere that if a doc wants to stent and the patient is not willing to go along with the decision then perhaps we should seek another doc?
Cece wrote:There's a big difference between ballooning and ballooning plus stents. The death and the migration occurred with the use of stents. I would not fault anyone for choosing ballooning only at this time, nor would I fault anyone for choosing ballooning plus stents or choosing to wait until more is known.
The death was due to an unrelated brain hemmorhage made worse by blood thinners, not stents.
I may have had reservations about stents if there were as much conversation about them as there is now. I think I was lucky because I trusted Dr. Dake and when he showed me the stent, flexible and strong, and told me in his opinion it would last a lifetime, I had no doubts. I still feel the same way. I feel lucky I don't have to have to obsess about my vein collapsing...and believe me I would. I took the Plavix, Coumadin and aspirin as directed so that there would be less risk of a clot and when I was rescanned at 2 months my stents were nicely integrated into the vein.
My improvements have been wonderful. I went into this wanting my veins fixed and my flow corrected. I knew it could not be healthy to have blocked veins.
I feel too many now expect too much. I didn't know what permanent damage had been done and what would be fixed. In my case I was lucky. I wish everyone was as lucky.
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