Friday, April 17, 2009
Still Need A Plan
Clare saw the interventional radiologist today. He definitely ruled out compression as a means of closing the fistula given the position of the fistula and the number of vessels involved. So that leaves us either surgery by the cardiovascular surgeon or the radiologist can insert a coil to close the opening (in a method similar to the cath procedures). Both require general anesthesia, so the anesthesia risks are the same regardless of which method Clare undergoes. The radiologist is going to conference with the surgeon and anesthesiologist again and determine what is the best plan for Clare. We want to make this a one-shot deal, so Clare does not have to undergo anesthesia twice. Today's visit does not tell us anything new, so we're still just waiting to find out what the plan is and when it is going to happen.