I don't know exactly whether the stents used in us can be collapsed once they have been expanded. Maybe somebody knows??
I'm interested in this because I've been looking for ways to have at some of the stents removed. I have inquired about surgical removal, though endovascular removal might be safer. The best would be if the stents could be collapsed in their current location, then simply pulled back out through the groin. But I don't know how they could be collapsed. Alternatively if one could raise the pressure in the vein briefly, the stent would come lose as well and one could collapse it with a tourniquet. Even if it can't be collapsed, it (8mm) would easily fit through the lower (12mm) stent If one of you can think of a endo-vascular specialist could contact, or a vascular surgeon, please let me know.
Two questions on complications. I have a very uncomfortable pulling sensation in the area of the two lower jugular stents when I bend my head, no pain, but simply like the vein segments around it are being nearly torn apart. Is this simply because the stent is much more rigid then the vein, and because the stent is so long, overall dynamics of the vein is affected by a proportionally huge amount? I wonder if this will make the vein segments just outside of the stent un-elastic and dis-functional like an old rubber band.
Also, I still have the pounding in my head, shoulder, and a bit the left arm. I was now told this is probably not because of the heart surgery. In that case it has to be because of the stents. One thing I thought is that maybe the stents press on my carotid arteries somewhere and make it harder to get blood to the brain so that the heart has to pump harder?
Anyway, the removal question above is most important. If you have any inspiration or can think of an endovascular specialist or vascular surgeon I could contact anywhere in the world that might be willing to take this on, please let me know via this board or pm.
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on Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:58 pm, edited 1 time in total.