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Postby Cece » Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:58 am

MaggieMae wrote:Dr. Sclafani,

When do you think there will be CCSVI procedures performed through American Access Care or any IR or Vascular doctor in the Pittsburgh area? I think I saw the there is an AAC in the Pittsburgh area.

he responded about the Pittsburgh AAC in this post:
http://www.thisisms.com/ftopicp-145910.html#145910
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Postby MaggieMae » Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:06 am

Thanks Cece. I remember that comment now, but I am hoping that some new updated info is available.
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Postby Cece » Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:27 am

I always hope that when I share a link, it is taken as additional information to whatever Dr. Sclafani might himself answer. :)

CCSVIhusband, if he's around, might be a good one to ask about Pittsburgh area doctors. Hope you find one, MaggieMae.

Hollydidmyinsuranceclear---- ne'er mind, can't ask every day. :D
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Postby MaggieMae » Tue Jan 18, 2011 12:47 pm

Thanks Cece. I always appreciate your input. You may remember, my husband is on two lists with two of the best, but has heard nothing regarding scheduling. So, I keep watching and hoping (for all those in our area of southwestern PA) that there will soon be procedures performed close to home. There are many many people who could never afford to travel any distance nor have the capabilities to make the repeat trips back for follow-up. Feeling a little defeated today. My husband isn't feeling well and is having terrible leg pain and spasms. It has been a long wait.
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Postby drlaura » Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:26 am

I FINALLY got my first appt set up with Dr Domenico at the end of March for an initial consult. Maybe by summer it will all be done.
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Postby newlywed4ever » Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:32 pm

For anyone who's been to Dr Sclafani in Brooklyn: what is the best way (read: cheap & easy) to get to the hotel from JFK airport? Thanks!
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Postby thornyrose76 » Sat Jan 22, 2011 2:23 pm

What's the total cost with Dr. Makris? What does the cost cover- what does he do? Has he treated anyone who has been in a wheelchair?
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Postby Donnchadh » Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:28 pm

thornyrose76 wrote:What's the total cost with Dr. Makris? What does the cost cover- what does he do? Has he treated anyone who has been in a wheelchair?


I had the first done by Dr. Makris. I haven't received the medicare explanation of benefits yet.

Why don't you call them? They are very friendy and will answer your questions.

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Postby hopeful2 » Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:19 pm

newlywed4ever: you can take a cab from JFK to Brooklyn (easy but I don't know the cost). I took a towncar (easy and costs between $40 and $50). You can arrange with them beforehand (dial7.com or 1-212-777-7777) and they wait for you in the airport holding up a sign with your name.

It was worth every penny since I get so very tired from a long plane flight. I haven't a clue about going JFK to Brooklyn on public transportation but someone else on this thread might. :)
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Postby newlywed4ever » Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:15 am

hopeful2 - thank you SO much for the info! I will call the town car folks. I am such a country bumpkin, I'm worried more about getting to & from places than I am of the procedure!
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Re: JFK to Brooklyn

Postby drsclafani » Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:54 am

newlywed4ever wrote:For anyone who's been to Dr Sclafani in Brooklyn: what is the best way (read: cheap & easy) to get to the hotel from JFK airport? Thanks!


cheapest is by subways, but it is not an easy ride, through some pretty downtrodden communities.i think the only pracdtice way to do it is by taxi. costs about $30
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Postby drsclafani » Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:55 am

newlywed4ever wrote:hopeful2 - thank you SO much for the info! I will call the town car folks. I am such a country bumpkin, I'm worried more about getting to & from places than I am of the procedure!


i will change that attitude.
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Postby newlywed4ever » Mon Jan 24, 2011 2:34 pm

drsclafani wrote:
newlywed4ever wrote:hopeful2 - thank you SO much for the info! I will call the town car folks. I am such a country bumpkin, I'm worried more about getting to & from places than I am of the procedure!


i will change that attitude.


No thanks on the subway...I can just picture myself 1/2 on & 1/2 off.

And what attitude do you expect to change? After all, I have 100% confidence in you, Dr Sclafani! I hope to have improvements but can handle no change. Being worse than pre-procedure...well, that's just not a possibility :D ...ok, maybe it is but I'll cross that bridge only if I have to. And being a country bumpkin?...most days, it's OK.

Just picked up my Arixtra. For those wondering what the cost is...(sit down) - it's $1650 w/o insurance. Thank God I have insurance!
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Postby aliyalex » Mon Jan 24, 2011 3:19 pm

I am settling for lovenox at $700 with Medicare without prescription drug coverage–out of pocket. Just for people's information.
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Postby drsclafani » Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:04 pm

newlywed4ever wrote:
drsclafani wrote:
newlywed4ever wrote:hopeful2 - thank you SO much for the info! I will call the town car folks. I am such a country bumpkin, I'm worried more about getting to & from places than I am of the procedure!


i will change that attitude.


No thanks on the subway...I can just picture myself 1/2 on & 1/2 off.

And what attitude do you expect to change? After all, I have 100% confidence in you, Dr Sclafani! I hope to have improvements but can handle no change. Being worse than pre-procedure...well, that's just not a possibility :D ...ok, maybe it is but I'll cross that bridge only if I have to. And being a country bumpkin?...most days, it's OK.

Just picked up my Arixtra. For those wondering what the cost is...(sit down) - it's $1650 w/o insurance. Thank God I have insurance!


firstly, i was just making a joke about that. i have to be more careful about that.

arixtra costs more than lovenox because the generic name fondaparinux is longer than lovenox's generic name, enoxaparin.

that too is a joke. arixtra is more expensive because there is no generic alternative. it is a once a day, it reached therapeutic level faster, it has a slightly better safety profile. My former hospital changed its formulary over to arixtra because of safety.

However whenever someone cannot afford it, i have no difficulty changing to enoxaparin which is also a good medication.

of course, we should put this in perspective. it is my understanding that many of the other medications you receive cost much more
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