Can I ask some of you who have had these CCSVI procedures done maybe ... like I've said in other threads, I'm going to take my wife and we're going to look into this. I might call this Dr. Mehta guy, but I saw above he's only doing balloons, no stents. The risk with baloons is obviously the veins re-collapse and you go back to having the same problems right?
Is it worth it to get the procedure done just using balloons or should I hold out for somewhere that might do stents?
I know most of you are going to say why not just go for it with the balloons because it's better than nothing, but if stents would keep it open, that to me sounds a bit like the better option.
Well, I'll put it in "guy talk". Angioplasty is like having a girlfriend, if she and you don't work out, well you'll find another one (and of course so will she!), wash your hands of the whole affair and start all over again. In this case of course, if the Zamboni %'s are extrapolated to the rest of the MS world, you have a 50% shot at getting it right the first time, and no after effects.
Stents on the other hand, are for all intents and purposes a marriage proposal, it's for life, period. Oh sure there must be some way somehow of divorcing those stents, should that particular complication ever present itself, but it's going to be painful, messy, costly, and you plain old wont ever be the same, still functional, but at what cost? However, should you get a "good one" and are happy with it, just like a wife, well by golly you just never want it to end, and it will bring you many years of enduring happiness.
The rest, the choice, is yours alone....
RRMS Dx'd 2007, first episode 2004. Bilateral stent placement, 3 on left, 1 stent on right, at Stanford August 2009. Watch my operation video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwc6QlLVtko
, Virtually symptom free since, no relap