We are heading out to Salt Lake on Mon. January 31, 2011 for the next phase. Abby will have a cardio-dath. A cardio-cath is usually a same day procedure, but because we are the last appointment of the day and because of the nature of what is being done there is a good chance she will be admitted for overnight observation.
During the procedure Dr. Grey will be blocking off the collateral vessel that has formed between her IVC and liver so that her blood will flow how it is supposed to, through her lungs instead of bypassing them. He will also be blocking her pulmonary artery coming out of her heart. This will decrease blood pressure going into the lungs allowing additional blood flow to enter and boost her oxygen. This means higher oxygen levels - yay!