I am trying to communicate with Jodie 333 regarding her experience with PFO closure. How are you now?
I am scheduled to have PFO closure in 5 days.
I am 55, had a cryptogenic stroke in May 2015.
I am healthy, no signs of cause of stroke when looking at usual causes, and so the medical team thinks the it is going to reduce the possibility of a recurring stroke, by 75%.
I asked to be tested for nickel allergy as the gore device contains 50% Nickel. I was told it is unlikely I would be allergic. Then I tested positive. I was told it is unlikely I will have a reaction, but NO GUARANTEE.
I tested for LOW sensitivity.
I am feeling my options are to trust destiny, hope i do not have another stroke by the grace of nature.... OR, have the PFO closure and trust a team that has done 1200 procedures with 2% or less complications. The Surgeon has done 400 procedures.
I am reading about the afib which concerns me. I am concerned about the possibility of having the device explanted, in the case of a reaction to nickel.
I am interested to hear from anyone who has thoughts or experience they would like to share. Particularly the progression of healing from Month 1 to Month 6 post surgery.... an I welcome also the stories of anyone who has ideas or is several years past procedure.