Dr.Harris, an associate of Dr. Arata, said that with they type of problem I had, faulty valves, they did not expect to see any restenosis. Therefore he did not think I needed to do any follow-up, maybe a check up at the 6 month point.
After quite a bit of trepidation, I had my CCSVI treated recently. The procedure was performed by Dr. Arata at Pacific Interventionists. It was very illuminating to have Dr. Arata explain his approach. This is me explaining what he told me so don't be upset if I don't explain it perfectly.
The way I understand it, his method can best be described as a modified Kuwaiti method where the focus is on valves, specifically malformed or malfunctioning valves, rather than ballooning stenoses. According to Dr. Arata, fixing the valves usually fixes the stenosis. And a stenosis can usually be related to a bad valve. By this method, the valve is stretched open until it more or less snaps open. And stays open. Once that happens blood flow tends to return to normal and the stenosis goes away.
In fact, he reports that since they started to use this method in July their restenosis rate has been a whopping 1%.
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