Have any of you thought about the question I've been having, why 100% of Z's patients had opened veins directly after balloon angioplasty in his opinion, and in most or all of D's patients the treated area re-narrowed immediately after removal of the balloon?
Could it be that they're treating different things? Perhaps Dake is sometimes treating the collapses resulting from a problem (=the real cause of reflux) somewhere else, such as a real stenosis, valve problem, etc, while Zamboni is treating the problem itself, thereby letting blood open the collapse with time? If one did angioplasty to a vein that collapsed because of a flow problem, it is to be expected that this segment re-collapsed, as long as the cause of the collapse has not been fixed...
Depending on what will be found during the venography, I may convince myself of the usefulness of getting a stent on one side in the clavicle area. However there would have to be a good reason, since I don't have any disability and Zamboni's patients responded so well to balloon angioplasty, if the actual cause of reflux or stenosis was found and treated that way.
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