CCSVI Liberation Method for MS

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Angeles hospital in Mexico recognizes the CCSVI theory and has been using the procedure to effectively treat patients with MS. We have treated over 350 patients using this method and 100% have seen improvements in their symptoms. Please get in touch with us if you are interested in learning more about our facilities and expertise.

Anyone following the news in the world of multiple sclerosis has become aware of the work of Italian physician Dr. Paolo Zamboni. In 2008 Dr. Zamboni achieved international renown when he identified the presence of chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) syndrome to be a reliable indicator of the development of multiple sclerosis.

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Dr. Zamboni’s work suggests that treating patients for CCSVI has the potential of slowing or reversing the debilitating effects of Multiple Sclerosis. The treatment (coined “the Liberation Method”) is a simple procedure which unblocks restricted blood flow from the brain. Researchers believe the venous system in people with CCSVI is unable to evacuate blood from the central nervous system back to the heart due to a narrowing of the veins in the neck, chest and spine – a process called stenosis. When blood flow encounters narrowed or blocked veins, it creates alternate blood vessels returning to the brain in an attempt to discharge the central nervous system blood. It is believed that blood breaches the walls of these collateral blood vessels leaving iron deposits in the adjacent tissue.
The CCSVI condition has been linked in clinical research to MS, and reported research appears to demonstrate that CCSVI strongly differentiates healthy individuals from MS sufferers.
Dr. Zamboni has been transforming the current understanding of MS in the medical community. Angeles Health is proud to be at the forefront of this advancement in medical treatment.

CCSVI Protocols

 

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.

The CCSVI Medical Travel Package

he Angeles Health CCSVI Liberation medical travel package is all inclusive:

  • Doppler ultrasound
  • Venogram
  • Venoplasty – one balloon
  • All doctor and surgeon fees
  • All hospital costs – anesthesia, equipment, nursing care, etc.
  • Up to 5 nights stay at Angeles Health
  • Round-trip ground transportation to and from the hospital from the San Diego Airport or border
  • Participation in the Angeles CCSVI Patient Registry, the most comprehensive open study of short- and long term efficacy of CCSVI intervention of its kind
  • Full travel concierge services for patients and traveling companions
  • Wheelchair accessible transportation is available. In patient instances of acute recoil or residual narrowing a venoplasty with stent may be recommended; please contact a CCSVI Case Specialist toll free for additional pricing details.

 

Candidates for the Liberation Method

In order to qualify for CCSVI treatment a patient must meet the following criteria:

  • Present a diagnosis of MS – a letter from a treating neurologist or other existing documentation from the time of the diagnosis.
  • Provide results from recent (< 30 days) Doppler sonogram and MRI. These tests can be taken at Angeles Health when you arrive if needed.

In some cases when venoplasty does not satisfactory address stenosis, patient may be considered candidates for the balloon with stent protocol.

The medical team chooses a self-expanding stent comprised of a nickel and titanium metal alloy whose design reduces the probability of stent movement; when the stent is seated, the heat of the body interacts with the alloy causing radial expansion.

Post-CCSVI Intervention Follow-Up

 Angeles Health will follow all CCSVI patients for two years post-venoplasty intervention according to the following schedule:
  • 3 months
  • 6 months
  • 12 moths
  • 18 months
  • 24 months

Your Case Manager will assist you in identifying a diagnostic imaging facility near your home for your follow-up Doppler sonogram and MRV, as well as manage all records transfer to the Angeles medical team for consult.

In addition patients will complete an online survey updating post-intervention changes on more than 25 functional measures including:

  • Muscle tone, involuntary movement
  • Coordination, balance, dizziness, vertigo
  • Vision and speech
  • Memory, recall, comprehension
  • Bowel urgency, incontinence
  • Numbness, pain, tingling, seizures
  • Respiration, swallowing
  • Sensations of heat and cold

Treating CCSVI: Liberation Method & Beyond

Angeles Health International is Mexico’s largest private hospital network and our facility in Tijuana offers CCSVI treatment for multiple sclerosis. CCSVI, or chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency, is a condition that has been linked with MS. CCSVI treatment, or liberation therapy as it is sometimes called, involves correcting the symptoms of CCSVI, which are narrowed veins in the brain and spinal cord. This improves the symptoms of MS, often dramatically. The CCSVI department at Angeles Health is overseen by esteemed interventional cardiologist Dr Jorge Luna, who trained at Stanford University, USA.

Some of the MS patients who have undergone CCSVI treatment at Angeles Health decided to give video interviews shortly after their treatment. They are all incredibly positive about their experiences and treatment outcomes.

Mr. McGee traveled from Canada to Mexico at the end of 2010. He had been suffering with MS since 1982 and before his treatment his symptoms were very severe: He was unable to walk or move his arms and hands much, his voice was weak and his eyesight was also compromised. After his hour-long procedure he said his voice was stronger and his eyesight had improved straight away. Able to move his arms and hands more easily, McGee was also happy with his once swollen, purple feet returning to their usual color and shape.

The patient said he found Dr. Jorge Luna and Dr. Daniel Morales, one of our neurosurgeons, friendly, helpful and great at explaining everything clearly and in perfect English.

Family members of the recovering Canadian were equally pleased with the Angeles Health experience. One said Angeles hospital was one of the cleanest she had ever been to. Another family member added: “We hope there are more improvements in store, we’re just happy that we did it.”

Ryan Gilbert and his wife Trisha were also satisfied with the level care at Angeles Health. Diagnosed with MS six years before his treatment, Ryan’s health had been deteriorating at an alarming rate. His wife looked emotional as she described how his symptoms worsened over time. Dizziness, slurred speech and being unable to stand or balance for very long were the main symptoms of Ryan’s MS. An hour and a half later and the Canadian reported improved speech, being able to walk, and stability in his legs.

“I don’t really need my cane any longer” said Mr. Gilbert, although he continued to use it to appease his worried wife.

The couple found doctors at Angeles hospital to be very professional and they were both very animated about how well the staff resolved all problems, however small, straight away.

Trisha Gilbert had been apprehensive about choosing to go to Mexico. “I had co-workers saying you’re nuts” she laughed. Her husband said CCSVI treatment changed his life and added joyously: “I’m almost able to dance and it’s only been one day.”

One woman who had been treated at Angeles Health also encouraged others to consider our facility. Jan, who traveled from New Brunswick in Canada, chose to have CCSVI treatment after witnessing the positive results of friends who had undergone the same procedure. Her husband was also enthusiastic: “If people can find a way to have the procedure done, just to improve that quality of life somewhat, do whatever you can. If there are family members there to help you, go forward with it.”

Last updated on July 16, 2016.

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