In the Liberation protocol, two diagnostic procedures – a Doppler ultrasound of the neck and brain to detect the presence of blood reflux, followed by a venogram (with dye injection) to assess blood flow and possible stenosis – evaluates the need for treatment of CCSVI.
The Angeles Health Mexico medical team, Dr. Morales and Dr. Luna , follow the Liberation protocol in combination with drawing on their experience with vascular procedures to treat MS patients with CCSVI.
The Liberation Procedure: Balloon Angioplasty
During the procedure, a small collapsed balloon on the end of a long, thin wire, called a balloon catheter, is temporarily inserted into the narrowed portion of the veins. Here the balloon is then inflated, opening up the blood vessels and resulting in improved blood flow. This process also breaks up the iron deposits that are causing the problem.
Dr. Zamboni’s ground breaking application of the venoplasty procedure to MS patients with CCSVI has sparked great interest in his Liberation procedure. His results showed that by applying the balloon venoplasty to the stenosed veins of MS patients, he could not only improve their blood flow but also show improvement in their MS symptoms, especially among patients with relapsing-remitting MS.
Balloon Venoplasty + Stent
In select cases, there is indication that the vein will not remain open, and in these cases the ‘balloon with stent’ protocol is used, to avoid restenosis and the need for a repeat balloon venoplasty. In these cases, the Medical team uses self-expanding metal alloy stents. Once inserted these stents, made of nickel and titanium, create heat from the interaction with the body which causes radial expansion. This unique design greatly reduces the probability of stent movement.
Of course the decision to have the balloon angioplasty or the angioplasty with stent protocol for the CCSVI liberation procedure is up to you the patient and your treating physician.