While at my family doctor’s office a few days ago, we were discussing the forthcoming appointment I have next month with my gastroenterologist. My gastroenterologist, Dr. Puneeta Tandon has just returned to the University of Alberta Hospital here in Edmonton, after a year of specialized study in the area of Portal Hypertension. Dr. Tandon studied in Barcelona Spain for the first 6 months, and for the remainder of that year worked with Dr. Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Tandon heads up western Canada’s only Portal Hypertension clinic. I mentioned to my family doctor that I had many questions for Dr. Tandon, and he himself wanted me to ask her if doctor’s had ever considered performing a balloon angioplasty to remove a clot to the portal vein. A great question for sure! My doctor reminded me of the recent treatment on MS patients called the Liberation Treatment.
Rather than trying to explain the treatment I have copied a link below from a CTV program called W5 which covers the whole topic in greater detail. Along with other questions I personally have for Dr. Tandon, I welcome any questions you may have regarding portal hypertension. My appointment is in mid-October (2010) so if you are wondering about any new possible treatment options or require a better understanding of the condition send me a message and I will gladly add it to my list and post the answers after the fact.
Until next time,
Click here to view the CTV program: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/WFive/20091120/W5_liberation_091121/