I believe the FDA restrictions are condemning the most seriously afflicted MS patients.
I'm glad to know you received treatment and it worked. Are patients now having trouble getting treatment since the FDA "ban"?
The FDA has not banned patients from seeing doctors or even banned the procedure from being done by a specialist. What it has done is to withhold permission from some randomized prospective trials, that they possibly thought were being done under group and other IRB approvals, without a permission slip called an IDE or Investigational (had to add that to my dictionary) Device Exemption. The IDE allows the trial to be prospective (outcome unknown) when they are using devices such as catheters and stents.
What I think that does, is to hinder research, and perpetuate the statement that the use of the catheter or stent on a vein is "Investigational" or experimental, when the only thing under question is its effect on "MS".
These pw"MS" have been saddled with fighting bureaucrats, turf-scared neurologists, the AMA, the CMA, the MS societies, judicial and quasi-judicial organizations, drug vendors, professional associations (the list goes on), to make this procedure a legal entity for those with "MS", paid for by their paid insurance premiums.
The FDA has succeeded in slowing research on the procedure to a snail's pace in the US. But they have not banned, and have no power to ban the procedure itself. Many doctors believe the FDA are acting in the interest of the patient. Unfortunately, nobody speaks for the Patient, without having a financial interest to protect.