Mine was treated by a really small (6mm) but dr Sclafani told me it was too long and unnecessary damages the healthy parts. Did he use longer balloons in your case bacause of the small size of the balloon? Otherwise would he use longer ones?
Actually length of balloon is fairly standard as far as I know. I may have miscommunicated that; someone once asked about using short balloons but they are not practical. Placement of balloon and balloon's shoulder matters too. Let's see...
How many patients has he treated since he uses ivus?
He has treated over 100 patients.
How are his results fair with his older results with giant balloons?
too soon to tell as far as I know (drsclafani, if you find this, these are yours to answer....
I would like to get an appointment from him; however, I am still afraid of getting thrombosis on the plane.
Does your regular doctor have any ideas? Could you take something preventatively? At least on the way back, you'd be on Arixtra, an anticoagulant which prevents thrombosis.
My IR told me that he does not understand why others do not use ivus.
Without IVUS, imo, there is not the same certainty that everything has been found and treated appropriately. I was really glad to have it used.
Does anyone know, has Dr. Sinan been in communication with the other doctors about the concern over large balloons?