In some MS cases there are signs that the vein will not remain open after balloon angioplasty, or venoplasty. In such instances the ‘balloon with stent’ protocol is used. This prevents the patient from needing another angioplasty procedure due to restenosis, or repeated narrowing of the veins. The medical team use self-expanding metal alloy stents. They are made from nickel and titanium and once they have been inserted they react with the body’s heat and create radical expansion. Stent movement is very unlikely dues to this unique design.
The structure of the stent is very small and mesh-like and it acts as a scaffold or support to keep the vein open. This improves blood flow from the central nervous system so de-oxygenated blood is properly drained from the brain. If it is not a build-up of de-oxygenated blood develops in the brain causing many MS symptoms.
Stents have been used in arteries for quite some time in the heart, the aorta, carotid arteries in the neck and the peripheral arteries in the legs.
The decision to have the balloon angioplasty or the angioplasty with stent protocol for the CCSVI liberation procedure is of course up to the patient and their treating physician.
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