David1949 wrote:It looks like there is going to be an official clinical trial of the angioplasty treatment for MS.
They expect to have results in about 1 year. This is a pleasant and unexpected surprise.
But it raises a few questions for those of us who were planning to have it done soon. Should we go ahead and have it done now or should we wait until the clinical trials are done?
I've been thinking about the advantages/disadvantages either way.
Here are some of the advantages to waiting:
1) It should answer positively the question of whether Liberation is an effective treatment for MS before we go through the expense, risk, and difficulty of having it done.
2) If it becomes an accepted practive it should be available locally without the need to travel across the country or out of the country. That's a big advantage if follow-ups visits are required and for people who have difficulty traveling.
3) If it becomes an accepted practice it should be covered by health care insurance.
4) They may learn to improve the technique during the study.
Disadvantages to waiting:
1) You won't get it as fast. If your condition is rapidly declining that could be an issue.
2) They aren't including people with PPMS in the study so the question of wether it works for PPMS will remain unanswered by this study.
If you have other thoughts about the advantages of waiting vs having it now please list them.
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