Code reminded them that the procedure has vastly improved in the short couple of years since Zamboni first tried it. Some doctors are using larger balloons. Some will also open all three veins in the neck, rather than focusing on one or two.
Code says the procedure will eventually be available in Canada, but it could take five, seven, even 10 years. In the meantime, he encouraged them to look at clinics in the United States rather than Europe or Latin American countries.
“We can be fussy,” he said. “We’ve got people close to home who are really good at this now.”
Saskatchewan, with the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world, ought to be at the leading edge of research, says Code.
“It’s time we started doing clinical trials here. It’s time we starting doing angioplasty of the veins in the neck here,” he said, emphasizing the word “here.”
“This is a young person’s disease. It’s almost always young women. It takes people away from their careers and their families. It’s the most debilitating loss-of-work neuralgic aliment in Canada,”
Cece wrote:Code reminded them that the procedure has vastly improved in the short couple of years since Zamboni first tried it. Some doctors are using larger balloons. Some will also open all three veins in the neck, rather than focusing on one or two.
by all three veins in the neck, he means two jugulars in the neck and one azygous nowhere near the neck (another journalist error, not Dr. Code himself)
erinc14 wrote:Neurologists are brilliant diagnosticians. That’s their strength and, unfortunately, I think they’ve been wooed into the easy research funding of pharmaceutical research.”
That explains the reluctance and even outright dismissive approach Canadian neurologists have taken toward the “liberation” procedure for multiple sclerosis, he says.
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