This site is about as close to a published long term result as you will find online. You seem to be asking two things, "scholarly research related stuff" and personal stories, if I read between the lines correctly. You'll find no other site on the internet besides this one that has a broader range of treated people though many have left to pursue other interests. I'm a year out, actually closer to 13 months. There's others here too. There's also a tracking thread upstairs with many reports. If you are trying to gauge though where you may be in 1-12 months time by singular reports, your head will be positively spinning after awhile. YMMV has never applied more. I'm doing great, same improvements as last year stayed stuck. Haven't looked back. But that's just one voice, there are others. Side effects, yeah there were some, 3 months post-op not even worth a mention to be honest with you. Some pain, nothing unmanageable. Some had it worse, some had it better. YMMV squared. If it were me, I would try to maintain as much space between the procedure and the airplane ride as I could, just in case. Make sure you have some kind of gameplan for when you get home, for aftercare. The mantra is to go local of course, have you considered going across the border into the states or is that out of reach financially if I may be intrusive.. Mark.
RRMS Dx'd 2007, first episode 2004. Bilateral stent placement, 3 on left, 1 stent on right, at Stanford August 2009. Watch my operation video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwc6QlLVtko
, Virtually symptom free since, no relap