November 26th, 2012
Road to Recovery: Loren’s Follow-Up Angiogram
Today has been a huge day for Loren and me, as we headed to Mount Sinai Hospital early this morning for a follow up procedure with Dr. Aman Patel. It has been 3 months since Loren’s brain surgery (intravascular coil + stent embolization of aneurysm) and today Loren had an angiogram done to determine if her aneurism is healing properly.
The procedure this morning lit up Loren’s vascular system in the brain and took x-rays and pictures to determine how well Loren’s aneurism healed from her coiling procedure a few months ago. It’s a fascinating procedure, as they inserted a catheter in an artery in the groin and then go up through the body past the heart to the ceratoid artery in the neck and inject dye and take pictures that are very clear and detailed.
Today’s procedure took about an hour with prepping, with about 4 to 5 hours of recovery for Loren. While any procedure like this can be nerve-racking, we knew that we were in great hands with Dr. Patel – as he is one of the top neurosurgeons in the world. The aneurysm is totally closed off and epithelial growing over stent with no other vascular issues in the brain or carotid artery. Loren is fine – the procedure was a total success!
Dr. Patel makes procedures like this seem routine, and knocks them out like Carmelo Anthony nails jump shots – which is only fitting since Carmelo and La La Anthony are the ones who helped us connect with this incredible surgeon in the first place!
Dr. Patel is a medical superstar and he continues to amaze me with this knowledge and skill. I often talk about being a “part-time brain surgeon” as it relates to how I try to help change the way people think, but Dr. Patel is the real deal – helping to enhance and save the lives of thousands of patients fortunate enough to be under his care.
We are so thankful for the outpouring of support we’ve experienced, and know that Loren is not alone in this fight. She continues to make me so proud, as she has faced this challenge head on with courage and confidence – just like she tackles any other obstacle! Have a look at this video of Loren as she discusses the procedure on her way into Mt. Sinai this morning. I’ve also filmed a quick video of Loren’s recovery (see below) – with a great discussion about the successful angiogram results with Dr. Aman Patel.
Thank you all so much for the outpouring of support!