edited out: quote from the opening of the article with insensitive phrasing
It is almost as if they had not heeded the repeated reassurances of journalists and “liberation” enthusiasts that venous angioplasty and stent installation in major neck veins are routine procedures, of about as much clinical concern as having one’s shoe size measured.
If my husband were going in for a surgical procedure, such as angioplasty of the arteries, I'd be a lot more concerned than if he was off shopping at Payless. Please. It is a routine outpatient surgical procedure, not requiring hospitalization, but it carries the same risks as far as we know of any such surgical procedure. If anyone here is not aware of it, I would be surprised, as we have people posting who have experienced those risks.
(See, for example, this note from neurologists in Erlangen: “…it certainly seems awkward to think of the complex disease MS solely as result of a simple venous outflow obstruction. Yet, the investigation of new vascular concepts as one variable in the pathophysiology of the autoimmune attack seems very worthwhile…”.)
First, the effects of CCSVI are not as simple as this makes it sound, since it has required a physicist's model to demonstrate the focal points of hypertension as two waves combine. But, yes, it is very worthwhile to investigate CCSVI to determine just what role it has in this multifactorial disease. I am convinced from my own experience that it is significant in mine.
Either way, unfortunately, the premature enthusiasm for “liberation therapy” is cold inescapable fact.
I have a not-numb arm, a not cog-fogged brain (after procedure #2), a not dying-of-fatigue body, and a not foot-dropped foot that argue otherwise. If anything, my enthusiasm was not great enough, at least in comparison to the results I've gotten. It is different for everyone, but that is how it's been for me.