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This probably isn't a novel idea, but I don't know the answer and I would really like to. Would it be possible to take a health vein fron one's leg and replace the obstructed portion of the jugular with that? Stents sound unpleasant and the clotting aspect worries me some. Would this work?
Even if it was possible, it would be drastically more invasive. They'd have to lay you completely open just to get to the lower areas. I don't even want to think about what they'd have to do to get to the areas above your ears. All that sounds way more unpleasant to me than stents. And I think you'd still have clotting risk.
I spoke with Dr. Dake about the possibility of taking a vein from the leg and patching it in where there is jugular narrowing and he said it would be difficult to get to since it's located (in part) behind the mandible. He said it was possible but would be a very invasive procedure and that "I wouldn't want somebody to get to it".
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