merlin26 wrote: I also checked with my GP and he stated that placing stents in the veins of patients is unheard of and the long term effects of doing this is unknown. He said that veins pump blood slower than arteries and therefore you're more likely to have a clot when placing a stent into a vein than you would an artery. Was this discussed with any of you? Are you at all worried? Please let me know. Thank you.
Thanks for the questions and concern, Merlin...actually, venous stents are used with regularity these days, and have better results than arterial, because there is less pressure going thru veins. Clots can be an issue for patients that have blockage due to thrombosis...but the stents Dr. Dake is placing (metal, self expanding) are opening stenosis (narrowing of the vein.)
Stents can be placed for various causes of obstruction, both benign and malignant, throughout the venous system either, primarily, in combination with fibrinolysis, or as adjunct to PTA or surgical intervention. Stent placement is a minimal invasive method associated with a low complication rate and a high clinical success mainly due to differences of the properties and of the pressure between veins and arteries.
Dr. Dake placed the very first venous stents back in the 90's and has had very good results. There have not been as many jugular stents placed, and this is a new area of intervention.
My husband considered the risk to his brain and CNS with continued reflux and slowed drainage as more dangerous to his health than the stents.