Hey all, I'm Back!! Had my stent fitted one week ago. I still have a mild headache, but surgeons think this may be from the stent itself as I no longer have any tinnitus
the pressure on my optic nerves is also settling down and I have recovered a bit more of vision just in the last week, so fingers crossed it keeps getting better.
I did ask if they could explain if it was the cause or a complication of IIH, and unfortunately they really don't know. All they do know is that most patients that have the narrowing of the transverse sinuses have good results with the stents, its very controversial as to weather it is cause or effect. However, it has not been studied very thoroughly as to how long they help for or what further complications patients could face in the future. So it is a gamble as far as a permanent solution but for me i was happy to try it out if there was a possiblilty of success. And so far so good.
But of course there are always complications from any procedure, and I did develope a small blood clot in my left calf two days post op. So along with the life long aspirin and the 6 months of plavix I am now on a short course of self injected clexane to help dissolve the clot. All things considered, I still believe it was the right decision to go ahead with the stent.
I will be reviewed regularly, and it is likely I will require the left sinus to be stented also. If there is significant improvement in the pressure control then they will go ahead with further stenting, if not it will leave me with the possibility of a shunt.
I'm not that keen on that option but will deal with that if and when we have to. Until then, I'm just greatful to be feeling almost human again