Cece wrote:I don't think there's another ccsvi IR out there with a policy like this. There's one that offers half-price on second treatments. This is extremely patient-friendly, and it allows you to do the treatment as you think best. I will be interested in hearing how this affects your treatments going forward. Are there particular presentations of CCSVI that might benefit most from staged treatments? Would a patient who had a less than ideal looking endpoint be brought back for a second staged treatment? This also covers anyone who has a complication from the procedure, such as clotting, or anyone whose veins close up again soon after the procedure? This will also give you more information on the results of your techniques, if you get to see previously treated patients again within 90 days.
I also look forward to this opportunity. i can think of a few possible planned second procedures:
1. a highly resistant stenosis requiring very high pressures might be better suited to a planned second procedure rather than going overboard.
2. a questionable dissection, leading to an early ultrasound and second procedure
3. detection of an initially unrecognized lesion that is seen in retrospect after patient leaves the proceduree
4. an overly long procedure might be suspended with anticipated return.
I have to be judicious with this because the company still needs to at least make some profit to justify continuing the program. It is a for profit company.
We also will have a half priced policy for subsequent procedures. I will try to work out a technique that uses the data from the initial IVUS so that we can avoid the cost of the IVUS.
Yes, this really excites me. Compassionate care is important to me. Having patients worry about whether they can afford repeat procedures which many will need, is heartbreaking.