NP consults other Facebook NPs for insight into aortic dissection
It's not like aortic dissection can kill you or anything.
Are there any midlevels around who can provide some insight into aortic dissection? No big deal, it's not like it's a highly dangerous condition where around 25% of patients die before reaching the hospital. The fact that this NP's father has had both an ascending (Stanford type A) and now a descending (Stanford type B) doesn't sound too promising. Maybe...just maybe...it would be a better idea to ask, you know, the cardiothoracic surgeon who would be performing the surgical repair if you want some insight? I have a sneaking suspicion that anyone who managed to not only get into medical school, but match into a 6-year integrated cardiothoracic surgery residency (or 2-3 year CT fellowship after completing a general surgery residency) is going to be a bit more knowledgeable about a complex, multi-stage procedure for aortic dissection repair like the elephant trunk. Just a bit. Perhaps more so than a midlevel nurse practitioner who might have received their degree from a 100% online for-profit diploma mill and has only a few hundred hours of clinical training. I don't know about you, but if it were my father, I certainly wouldn't be soliciting any advice about aortic dissection repair from any physicians without a surgical background, let alone from a Facebook group of midlevel nurse practitioners!