I have been treated for my May-Thurner's!
I received treatment from a vascular surgeon in Dallas two days ago. While he went in expecting to find blood clots, he wound up finding that my right iliac artery was compressing my left Iliac vein - classic May-Thurner Syndrome. No blood clots were found, which was good news.
A 14mm x 2cm stent was placed to correct the problem. I am on aspirin and Wafarin, possibly for life. I hope that this will reduce the flow of blood through the collateral vein which had formed and flows into my right Iliac causing opposing flow.
I have been unable to determine whether my leg condition and walking has improved as I am recovering from 2 groin insertions and an uncomfortable hospital bed.
The treating doc also ballooned the left IJV behind my jaw with a 6 mm balloon and nitric oxide. It had essentially closed up. It is possible that this might be stented in the future. I will follow up in January with the same doctor.
I was very lucky to find this doctor. It was impossible to find a doctor to treat me because I did not present with the traditional May-Thurner symptoms of leg swelling and pain - I only have numbness and weakness. Luckily, I knew a retired surgeon who referred me to a good friend of his who was now in Dallas. I called him up and he agreed to meet with me so I grabbed my venogram CD from Albany and was off to see him.
It took little to convimce him to treat my M-T! He started talking about Zamboni (I just smiled and nodded
) and actually seemed more eager to see my neck veins and whisked me down the hall where I was attacked by 2 techs armed with doppler ultrasounds at the same time! (One looked at my neck, the other my Iliacs) This dude meant business! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND FINDING A CLINIC THAT DOES THEIR OWN ULTRASOUND TESTING!!! A test performed and/or read by someone else may not be interpreted correctly for what your doc is looking for!
They found my closed up IJV and a date was set in 2 weeks at the hospital to treat it and my M-T. This is another huge benefit of finding a local doctor as opposed to having to get on a long list somewhere else.
I left his office feeling the most satisfied and excited I had ever felt after a doctor's appointment! Finally, someone was open to the idea that it was possibly something else that was causing my leg symptoms instead of MS! This in itself was a huge achievement and a great weight had been lifted off of me!
I can't report anything on the procedure itself. I was completely out from the prep room to recovery. I had a 24-hour hospital stay. I spent the next day resting at a local hotel and drove home the following day.
Two other doctors also flew in to observe my procedure - one from CA and one from VA, I believe. The one from VA was also experienced with TOS (Thoracic Outlet Syndrome) and has been investigating it's relationship to MS.
I was first treated in Albany on 8/26. I felt a slight improvement after 3 weeks, which went away in another week. Dr.Siskin ballooned both of my jugulars and azygous. He also discovered my M-T, which he did not treat, since a collateral vein had formed to route blood fron the left iliac around the obstruction. I AM NOT SAYING THAT HE WAS WRONG FOR NOT TREATING! IT IS UNKNOWN WHETHER THIS TREATMENT IS GOING TO HELP OR NOT!
I was saddened to hear that he no longer looks for M-T during the procedure. I feel it should be the patient's choice to decide whether or not they want to risk stenting and they have the right to know whether or not they have an issue. Few doctors will go in to look only for this when leg swelling is not present. Hopefully he will add it back to his repertoire.
So there you have it! I will report on my progess in future posts.
Thanks to all and especially Nunzio - kudos to you! You nailed this one from the beginning!!!
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