Cece wrote:lucky125, has Dr. Haskal used IVUS? And does he have IRB approval? We haven't heard much about what he's up to for awhile.
I think the conservative approach beats out the aggressive approach. It is very good to hear that you are having improvements each time. I recently had procedure #2 and have been doing well.
Cece wrote: This last set of improvements had some significant ones, including foot drop and heat intolerance.
lucky125 wrote:Hi Cece,
Yes Haskal used IVUS the first two times. By his third go at my veins he knew exactly where to find the problems, and was not disappointed. As Dr. Sclafani notes IVUS is expensive and takes more time. Haskal didn't feel that it was necessary this last time, although it was there if he wanted it.
This is just one more reason to stick with the same doctor if at all possible. We both knew before I got on the table in June what we were most likely to find.
He was more aggressive this time, inflating the balloon nine or ten times on each side. It really hurt. He explained that he was making micro-tears in the vein walls. He won't bust the annulus, but he will do damage to the valves in his own way.
David1949 wrote:Cece wrote: This last set of improvements had some significant ones, including foot drop and heat intolerance.
I never knew you had problems with drop foot. Drop foot is my biggest problem and makes it very difficult to walk now, which causes my EDSS score to be about 6.5. Its like having my foot nailed to the floor. But I've been holding off on CCSVI treatment because most of the reading I've done suggests it is not very effective at improving EDSS scores. If it helped your drop foot that's great news. Did Dr. S treat some different veins this time?
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