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 CCSVI 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 instered into the narrowed portion of the veins. Here the balloon is then inflated created pressure far greater than normal blood pressure, opening up the blood vessels resulting in improved blood flow.
Dr. Zamboni’s ground breaking application of the angioplasty procedure to MS patients with CCSVI has sparked great interest in his Liberation procedure. His results showed that by applying the balloon angioplasty to the stenosed veins of MS patients, he could not improve their blood flow but also show improvement in their MS symptoms, especially amoung patients with relapsing-remitting MS.
Balloon Angioplasty + 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 angioplasty. In these cases, the Medical team has selected to use self-expanding metal alloy stents. Once inserted these stents, made of nickel and titanium, the heat from the interaction of the body 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.