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quite frankly,i was wondering the very same thing.they had to go somewhere.i am assuming you are on some sort of actual blood thinner?plavix or coumadin would be the most likely ones?my mom has a stent in the exact same place you do and she really hasn't had too many issues with it.hers is being monitored by the wonderful interventional rads up at the u of Mn here in MN.who are you seeing for this?how much real experience does this doc have with stents?i don't blame you for being a bit concerned about the fragments that "broke off'.they really need to be located before they block some very important areas within your arterial system.seriously,i would place a call this morning to that doc and ask him that very question,where did they go and what are my risks?i see you live in WI,depending on just where,it may be worth your while to travel to the U of MN and see the docs in the interventional rad dept.these docs have been so amazing for my mom,and my son,who went thru liver failure and ended up neeeding tons of IR procedures that were done by this amazing team of rads.she has had very good follow up and care there.just some thoughts for you.you really DO need to speak with that doc asap and ask him just exactly what you asked here.he is the only one right now who can really help you with this.the fact that you are still symptomatic needs looking into.my mom never went thru what you are experiencing.while this could be considered somewhat 'normal' for your particular condition,it really does need more deeper looking into.you shouldn't still be feeling this way at this point ya know?i wish you luck.please keep me posted on how things are going,K?just in case you want the name of the head of the interventional rad dept at the U of Mn,it was the last i heard,still Dr Hunter.really great doc who did lots of procedures on my son and helped my mom.take care. FB
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Thanks for replying to my post. Actually when all of these problems started with my blood clot I did end up at the Uof M, and did have Dr. Hunter also, small world huh? Well both sides right and left of my subclavian veins have been replaced with vein grafts from my legs. The left side has held out great for ,maybe 3 yrs or so, the right side hasn't. The new grafted vein collapsed after a couple yrs. Went back to the Uof M they had to get a stent into the vein, but after 4 tries, said they couldn't do it and sent me home!! I refused to live that way, my right arm useless and so very painful all the time, blood would get into the arm, but couldn't get out, so swollen and terribly achy. I had to get a 2nd opinion so who better to go to but the Mayo Clinic. It took a little while had to go through a battery of tests to rule out anything else but the Dr's there that I had are my angels!! Dr. McBane( coronary heart dr.) and Dr. McBride( Interventional radiologist) have been so great!! McBride after speaking to me and telling him I couldn't even brush my teeth because of my arm said, "Well we can't have that, I will go in and no matter what will place that stent" Well he did, in August of 05. It took him hours to do it but eventually did get the stent placed!! Hooray to him. Everything returned to normal once again, back to work, doing everything normally. Well since then, just like clockwork, every 6 months I have restenosis of the stent and have to go back and have it ballooned once again, I have had it done about 3 times bringing me to the present with the last time on the 25th of July and then having to return a week later because of the pieces breaking off from the stent. When he went in and found the stent had partially collapsed and broke off he ballooned it and inserted a new larger stent inside the one that was already there. He feels I may be able to go a year between procedures now, that is my goal but as of today still have symptoms!! I spoke to him yesterday, 3 days post procedure, told him of my symptoms, he said how sorry he was I wasn't feeling well, ( he has such a great caring way about him) but he feels that maybe because we have gone into that area 2 times and did extensive stretching of the vein, that it may be inflammation causing so many of the symptoms. He would like to refrain from going in again if at all possible because it is adding insult to injury. He wants me to try Ibuprofen, 600mg 3x daily for a couple days to see if I get relief. I am on Warfarin and will need to monitor my INR but I need to give it a shot. Stupid as I was I failed to ask him where those little pieces ended up going but will ask him when we speak on Thursday. I feel I am getting the best care I can at Mayo and need to put my trust in the Dr's there, I just hope and pray this will finally work and I can get back to normal, (whatever that may be :))
Thanks again for your reply, hope to hear from you again!![/FONT][QUOTE=feelbad;3139140]quite frankly,i was wondering the very same thing.they had to go somewhere.i am assuming you are on some sort of actual blood thinner?plavix or coumadin would be the most likely ones?my mom has a stent in the exact same place you do and she really hasn't had too many issues with it.hers is being monitored by the wonderful interventional rads up at the u of Mn here in MN.who are you seeing for this?how much real experience does this doc have with stents?i don't blame you for being a bit concerned about the fragments that "broke off'.they really need to be located before they block some very important areas within your arterial system.seriously,i would place a call this morning to that doc and ask him that very question,where did they go and what are my risks?i see you live in WI,depending on just where,it may be worth your while to travel to the U of MN and see the docs in the interventional rad dept.these docs have been so amazing for my mom,and my son,who went thru liver failure and ended up neeeding tons of IR procedures that were done by this amazing team of rads.she has had very good follow up and care there.just some thoughts for you.you really DO need to speak with that doc asap and ask him just exactly what you asked here.he is the only one right now who can really help you with this.the fact that you are still symptomatic needs looking into.my mom never went thru what you are experiencing.while this could be considered somewhat 'normal' for your particular condition,it really does need more deeper looking into.you shouldn't still be feeling this way at this point ya know?i wish you luck.please keep me posted on how things are going,K?just in case you want the name of the head of the interventional rad dept at the U of Mn,it was the last i heard,still Dr Hunter.really great doc who did lots of procedures on my son and helped my mom.take care. FB