posted by Michelle Brown, RN, University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, Illinois, USA, February 19, 2000
How do we go about picking the best Chicago-based nephrologist and/or interventional radiologist for my 23 year old brother who was just diagnosed with renal artery stenosis? We would like to get a second opinion before pursuing treatment options. How do we know who is the best?

Responses:
 
• As we are involved in the interventional field, I can't recommend a way to find a nephrologist, but finding an interventional radiologist in your area has been made very easy by the Society of Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiology (SCVIR). Go to their web site at www.scvir.org and click on the map labeled (oddly enough) "find an interventional radiologist near you". Make sure to read their disclaimer, then select your area and you'll get a list of potential phone calls. While, like the SCVIR, we cannot recommend one physician over another, good questions always are "how many renal angioplasties do you perform annually?" and "what is your success rate?" Also, the minimally invasive treatment of renal artery stenosis increasingly has been coming under the rubric of the interventional cardiologist, so you might want to check with that department in your own hospital system for a referral (University of Chicago's Dr. Thomas Levin's very nice comments about our site appear on our "recognition" page). Good luck.
Forum Editor, PTCA.ORG, February 19, 2000

I recently underwent an angiogram with an "on-call" interventional radiologist. I had spoken to the nurse the day before and she said that who ever happened to be on call the day of my procedure was who did it. I think it's great that you get a second opinion as my test turned out to be a nightmare unfortunately. I was not given enough amnesia drug or pain killer and was wide awake and feeling and seeing it all. I found out later that I was given the dosage for a child and not an adult. I cant blame the radiologist as I am sure this portion is not his responsibility,but frankly I dont really know. I found out about the dosage two days later from my primary doctor.Long story short I am now shell shocked and not looking forward to the next appt.w/vacular surgeon. I pray that they can do something for my leg blokages w/out surgery.By the way I am 48 year old female,who had angioplasty w/stent implant in dec.1999 w/ no problems.
Patricia C., Daytona Beach, Florida, USA, 26 Apr 2000


 

add your response
Please keep your posting concise. For readability we limit responses to 1,200 characters. Also note that The Forum is not an "ask-a-doctor" service; we do not dispense medical
advice about a patient's specific situation. Read our disclaimer and note that no information
on this Forum should be viewed as a substitute for medical advice or as a consultation
with a medical doctor
: characters left

Forum name -- how do you want to be identified on your post (Required) your email address (Required):
email address must be current and valid; if email sent to the address
below is returned, your comments will not be posted; your email address
will not be displayed on the Forum unless you specifically request it: please enter your email address again (for verification)
geographic location (city, state, province and/or country -- Required):
REQUIRED -- Check the box below to let us know you are a "real human being" and not a spambot. You must check this box for your posting to be submitted: I am a real person and not a spambot The following information is optional. your name:

your organization:
Check the box below if you wish Angioplasty.Org to "anonymize" your posting (for example, John Doe, Baltimore, Maryland, USA would become John D., Maryland, USA): please anonymize me To submit your post, please click the button below once and wait for a confirmation.
Clicking more than once will result in multiple submissions.


Please note the following disclaimer: The information contained in this web site is accurate to the best of the knowledge of Angioplasty.Org. None of this information should be viewed as a substitute for medical advice or as a consultation with a medical doctor. It is highly recommended that readers discuss any advice with a medical doctor before deciding on a course of action. Angioplasty.Org or its producers assume no liability for any actions taken as a result of information contained on this site, whether implied or expressed. Opinions and recommendations expressed on the FORUM are solely those of their authors. All submissions are reviewed and posted at the editors' discretion. FORUM submissions that are primarily commercial in nature, advertising services or products, are not posted. Any medical advice expressed on the FORUM does not necessarily represent the views of Angioplasty.Org, its producers, or of anyone associated with it, or of others appearing on this web site. Please note that this is a moderated discussion, so your response will appear after a short review.



Angioplasty.Org Home   PatientCenter


send comments & suggestions to "info at angioplasty dot org"
Read our Privacy statement.

The Cardiology Patients' Forum
receives sole support from
reader contributions and sponsored search engine ads

Angioplasty.Org is an editorially independent informational health site
which has received unrestricted educational grants from
Medtronic plc, TCROSS NEWS, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Volcano Corporation, Terumo Medical Corporation
Cardium Therapeutics, Inc. and Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute of NY

For more information, see About Us
All content, including text, photos and video
©Copyright Venture Digital LLC 1996-2017