Met with Dr Arata today and asked about his future CCSVI plans. I doubt I covered everything you want to know, but hey, the conversation wandered.
Right now, he (and his partners) are treating non-insurance patients at the various venous centers they work through. Later this month, they’ll open a dedicated CCSVI center.
If you have insurance, he’ll work with you through the hospitals (that’s what I did).
Their center won’t have IVUS to start with, but they’re looking into it. Unfortunately, it’s very expensive.
As a general rule, he intends to treat May-Thurner through hospitals, since they have IVUS and the ability to use a heavier sedative than he can use in the center. (I’m told those stents hurt.)
I don’t THINK (I could be wrong) the MRV is included in the $8000, since his group doesn’t own the machines. They’re forming relationships with all the Tesla MR machine sites in SoCal.
Other CCSVI stuff we talked about:
Dr A is pursuing the use of bigger balloons as Dr. Tariq is doing in Kuwait. He (Dr A) thinks that Zamboni’s high restenosis rate may be due to the small (10mm) balloons used.
Dr A is updating his website this weekend to explain why he thinks angioplasty/venoplasty is superior to stenting. (http://www.pacificinterventional.com/
I posted the discussion about my procedure & results on the “Liberated PPMS’ers” thread.