Arcee wrote:I've been wondering about what the possibilities are for interventions if the MRV does show problems..... There's the host of suggestions from Cheerleader's endothelial paper, and there is the surgery and stents like Marie and Jeff, but what lies in between? Non-stent interventions?
A Venous Angioplasty is a non-surgical procedure, which can be performed during a venogram to open or bypass narrowed veins to prevent clotting. Venous angioplasty can also be used for placement of a stent, which keep a vessel or tissue in an open position to allow bypass of scarred tissue and improve blood flow.
For a venous angioplasty procedure, a venogram (procedural x-ray of veins) is performed. Once blocked or narrowed vessel(s) are visualized on the venogram, a balloon tipped catheter is inserted into the blocked vein and guided under fluoroscopic x-ray to the area of interest. The balloon inflates to correct the blockage and enable blood flow. In some circumstances, a stent is put on the balloon tipped catheter. When the balloon is inflated, the stent is expanded and sticks to the walls of the blood vessel to keep it open.
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