Rokkit wrote:Zamboni said the membranous obstruction in the azygos vein could be opened with a balloon and that the problem did not recur. Is it safe to assume Dr D would be finding that problem with the venogram? I haven't heard anyone say he fixed anything with a balloon, always a stent. I'm still bothered by why Zamboni saw azygos problems in 86%, and Dr D has only treated one azygos that I know of.
Dr. D has found azygos stenosis in at least eight patients I've heard of...not all of the 40 he has treated post here (closer to 25% had azygos). I am not sure why the discrepancy in azygos issues, and hope Bologna brings some answers. Dr. D scanned Jeff's azygos area completely when he was inside with the catheter, and found no issues. Yes, he would be able to see the "membranous obstruction" in the azygos vein with the video/catheter. Dr. D also tried balloon procedures on all patients first, prior to placing stents...the veins collapsed back down, or he felt the reflux was not dealt with to his satisfaction, which is why stents were used. Many things become more clear once patients are in the operating room, with the catheter inside their bodies.
congrats on the 24 hr. fasting being lifted, guys!