You may remember that I had balloon dilatation of both jugular veins with subsequent marked improvement in Ferrara three years ago. Last October I had dilatation of the right jugular vein in Belfast with some improvement. I sent the picture to Zamboni, who told me that, in his opinion, the left jugular vein, not touched in Belfast, was re-stenosed.
Last week I went to Ferrara and had balloon dilatation of the left jugular vein.
Roberto Galeotti had just finished the procedure (with excellent angiographic result) and, believe it or not, I could flex my right big toe for the first time in three years. Zamboni and Erica cheked the result of the procedure with an echo-doppler and they were both satisfied that both jugular veins were draining well.
I feel well, my back is stronger and a lot less stiff, my movements are quicker and the power in the right leg has increased.
As an Italian resident abroad I have no entitlement to free elective treatment in my own town in my own Country and I had to pay 3,120 Euros to the Hospital.
During our encounter Zamboni told me that he is still against the use of stents, although he hopes that better ones for venous implantation will be available in the future, and that MRI is not suitable for investigating CCSVI.
You may like to know that the vascular surgeons in Belfast are organizing a debate on CCSVI and Dr Sclafani has accepted to come and take part in it: He will be confronted by sceptical neurologists.