Following on Professor Dake’s excellent overview of the theory behind CCSVI at the recent annual meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiologists in Tampa, it seems that at least one American IR has been emboldened to start offering the Liberation procedure to his patients. Interventional Radiologists are often experts at balloon angioplasty and stenting, the core procedures behind the Liberation operation.
In the case of the story linked to above, an American MS sufferer found an IR in her home state who was eager to work with CCSVI after he had seen Dake’s presentation in Tampa. The patient has health insurance, and she was able to reveal to me the total cost of her procedure. Are you ready? Fourteen dollars — for parking near the hospital.
There are only 84 IRs in Canada, but a predication would be that they are about to become very sought-after group. One tip; if your GP is open to referring to an IR, make sure it is for one of the very many “symptoms” of MS/CCSVI, not MS itself. If the IR doesn’t have to openly step on another discipline’s toes, (say, a Neurologist colleague’s, for example) they may find their hands a lot less tied up by professional protocol and inter-departmental red tape. Dr. MacDonald of Oakville, near Toronto, is mentioned in the upcoming W5 as an IR with an interest in CCSVI.