Rosegirl wrote:So again, why do YOU think Dr. Arata is not doing the best he can for his patients?
He performs angioplasty in the jugulars and the azygous vein regardless of whether there is a blockage there. There are risks to angioplasty and I believe a doctor should do it only in the presence of a diagnosed blockage. The nearly thirty year history of angioplasty is in regards to its use in clearing blockages.
(I have found Dr. Arata to be charming and pleasant in all interactions. Our differences are all in the details.)
First, has Dr. Arata confirmed to YOU that he always
treats the jugulars and azygous?
Second, what medical training do YOU have that gives you concern about Dr. Arata's treatment protocol when others (including Dr. McGuckin) treat those veins -- along with the iliac and renal veins-- without advance confirmation of an existing blockage? Why is Dr. Arata singled out?
It's naïve to dismiss Dr. Arata's protocol -- or anyone else's, for that matter -- because their treatment plan "might" cause harm. That's true of any procedure from any doctor.
We all appreciate Dr. Sclafani's comments because he has the education and experience to judge the merits of a specific protocol. But even so, he requests information about one patient and comments on that case. While he has expressed concern about various approaches, including things like how much pressure to inflate a balloon, he questions the efficacy of the technique, not the personal character of the doctor(s) in question.
Our doctors say they meet hostility from their colleagues rather than healthy skepticism. It would be a shame that they (and their potential patients) meet additional resistance from people on sites like this who are not qualified to either condemn nor support their approach.
So Cheer and Cece, what are YOUR medical credentials? Tell us why YOU are qualified to condemn/approve both a protocol and a doctor, and we will give your opinions the weight they deserve. And if you don't have medical training, just be sure to disclose that fact in all your posts
where you state your opinions so confidently. TIMS readers deserve that disclosure.