- Chronic Lung Disease (causes hypertension in the pulmonary artery)
- Pulmonary Vein Stenosis (causes hypertension in the pulmonary veins)
If the surgery was completely successful and no scarring ever occurred, it would resolve issue #2, but his chronic lung disease (issue #1) would still remain. Since both issues currently co-exist, the doctors aren't sure which issue is the bigger factor in his breathing problems. Chronic Lung Disease as bad as Roscoe's normally takes 2-8 years to fully outgrow, but his pulmonary vein stenosis will not allow him to live that long if it's not dealt with.
The plan they came up with was for Dr. Moore perform another cardiac catheterization where he will insert a stent into at least one (and both, if possible) pulmonary veins. The stent will provide a temporary resolution of issue #2 for at least a few weeks. During those few weeks, they will hand off to Dr. Fineman who will aggressively treat Roscoe's chronic lung disease (issue #1) with medications like sildenafil, bosentan, and remodulin. The effectiveness of these treatments during the trial period (2-3 weeks) would indicate if any progress can be made on Roscoe's chronic lung disease. If no progress can be made on Roscoe's chronic lung disease, then he would be presumably transferred back to Kaiser where he'd spend the remainder of his time on earth. If progress can be made, then Roscoe would be more stable for surgery and it would indicate that surgery would benefit him long-term. In that case, surgery would occur (and hopefully be successful) after the 2-3 week trial period.
Here's a very rough timeline of how things will tentatively occur. I made up the dates according to the rough estimates of days and weeks from the doctors:
July 1 - Today, the plan is made. Dr. Moore goes on vacation.As always, we'll keep you updated as this "plan" unfolds:
July 7 - Dr. Moore performs cardiac catheterization, inserts stent(s)
July 8-9 - Roscoe recovers from catheterization
July 10 - Dr. Fineman begins aggressive medicinal treatments
July 17 - Roscoe's medicinal treatments reach full capacity
July 24-31 - Results are observed from Roscoe's aggressive treatments
August 1 - Dr. Cohen's team performs surgery to repair pulmonary veins (if treatments worked) or Roscoe returns to Kaiser (if treatments had no effect)
"Commit your work to the Lord,
and your plans will be established" - Proverbs 16:3
"The heart of a man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps" - Proverbs 16:9