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Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:55 pm
by health_is_wealth
cheerleader wrote:I do not believe Dake and Simka are treating any differently
I am confused about this statement and am worried that it is misleading. "LR1234" referred to a difference in diagnosis between the two, and "wonky1" posted an email from Simka that says that their treatment of upper jugular veins after venography (injection of dye, observing collaterals, etc) is fundamentally different as well.

After following this forum for some time and reading some of the literature, it seems that there are crucial differences between the doctors. Some of them are:

1) It appears that Dake's most commonly diagnosed and treated "problems" were in the upper jugular veins like the ones of LR1234. Both Simka and Zamboni on the other side only treated problems in the lower jugular veins (annular stenoses, malfunctioning valves membraneous obstructions), and rarely diagnosed problems in the upper jugular veins.

2) It appears that in the majority of the patients in whom Dake saw this a problem on MRV, he also ended up seeing it on venography. So it is likely that LR1234 would have ended up with stents in her upper veins if she would have been treated by Dr. Dake, like most of his other patients.

3) We also know that Zamboni was able to open most problems he saw using angioplasty, and keep them open for several years, while Dake, apparently, almost always needed stents. Simka seems to agree with Zamboni in this respect, though in some of his patients he used a stent, while Dake used 2-3 in most patients, sometimes more.

So it seems to me that while there were similarities in diagnosis of the lower vein issues, the treatments, especially of the upper veins, were not only different, but almost diametrical between Dake on one side and Simka/Zamboni on the other, and there were only minor differences in diagnosis and treatment between Simka and Zamboni.

Most of Zamboni's patients seem to be doing great clinically and do not seem to exhibit radiological reasons either to treat upper jugular vein "stenosies". As Simka's email states, these are usually only secondary problems, that naturally open once there is more flow in the vein when the lower jugular vein problem is repared. Some patients may eventually need stents in their lower jugular veins to keep them open permanently, but need for any treatment of the upper jugular veins appears to be an exception.

So while there may be a few exceptions it seems that for the majority of "problems" in the upper jugular veins there are only two feasible possibilities: Dr. Simka and Dr. Zamboni are wrong, or Dr. Dake is wrong.

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:22 pm
by Arcee
there are only two feasible possibilities
Considering that none of us have access to any doctor's medical records, and none of us, I believe, has asked these questions directly to all these doctors, and none of us knows the details of the conversations they have and will have, it seems fair to say there are many possibilities.

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:31 pm
by patientx
Arcee wrote:Considering that none of us have access to any doctor's medical records, and none of us, I believe, has asked these questions directly to all these doctors, and none of us knows the details of the conversations they have
Do you know that for sure?

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:46 pm
by Arcee
Do you have records of all the patients Simka, Dake and Zamboni have treated? Have you conducted direct, above -board, detailed interviews of all three? Have you been privvy to their past and future private conversations?Since the first and the last are illegal, it would be fascinating to know how anyone managed that. As for the middle one, I will ask them to confirm.

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:04 pm
by Loobie
This thread seems to be taking on an air of dr. vs. dr. and also a black and white tone where there are no absolutes.

I'm not going to go back and read it all again to get the right quotes, but one post on here talks about Dake "only" seeing high up and "only" treating high up. Nah baby, nah. I have three stents, One way up high, one that you can actually feel by me ear lobe (thus low and contradicting the 'only' statement) and the one I have on the right side is VERY low.

So Dake stented WHERE HE SAW STENOSIS. I think that was pretty much his approach. Hi? Lo? I don't think it made a difference. I have both and they were all placed by Dake.