Thank you Cece and Dr. S.
As a future patient this is what I need to hear. The remaining tissue from anulus popping has always been a question in my mind and it gives so much more confidence and credibility to Dr.'s when this is talked about.
To be specific, it was residual tissue from the originally immobile fixed valve leaflet. This is what was ballooned. The annulus, or the ring around the valve, was not popped.
Hearing people have gone for 5 treatments has been of concern when they are not able to convey what is being treated each time or what is a re-treatment of the same area for example.
I know just a few people who have had five treatments, but often that is because of complications. Right now I do not know if this vein will stay open or if it will close up again (and how soon it will close, if it is so inclined) but it may be that some people need regularly scheduled balloonings (every 3 months, every 6 months, every year?) just to keep the veins open. I hope that's not me, I hope mine stay open, but I'd be ok with it if that's what's needed. It beats the alternative!
As a person who needs to understand what is happening and as a person who has trust issues, it makes a huge difference when someone like Cece can communicate what is being attended to and why.
Thank you, I certainly try....
The doctors are also learning more as they go.
Thank you Dr. S for being up front and wanting to know what your patients treatment outcomes are and following up on the procedures when there is symptom change.
He is an excellent doctor.
I got lucky when I ended up in his care.
This is what we need to progress the disease knowledge. This is what we need to improve patient confidence.