After a bit of confusion regarding whether I was permitted to come with her to the operating room, I was eventually let in to speak to her and her vascular surgeon, Dr. Gupta. (http://liberation-therapy.blogspot.com/p/our-medical-team.html). I really respected his candor about the procedure, its risks, and its potential benefits. I especially liked his comment about why the medical community at large is so hesitant about this theory. "They have a blind spot".
Now, all I can do is wait in my room for the procedure to be complete; which could take several hours.