mrhodes40 wrote:Another possibility is that the methods for diagnosing CCSVI are different enough in Zamboni and in Dake, and that you would have fulfilled two of the five Zamboni criteria for CCSVI. Perhaps somebody else will know if this is at all a possibility
The European doctors LIKE the doppler. They WANT to use the doppler to see if there are turbulent, or swirling or in some way chaotic blood flow that would alter shear stress. In this idea someone could have essentially open stents but a small area of turbulent flow that potentially could still cause issues. Dr Dake's point of view is strictly venous hypertension, theirs is turbulence and altered shear stress.
It appears that docs have to b trained by zamboni to be able to do dopplers his way, no one besides Zamboni-trained-Jacobs has luck with it in the US, though Simka was able to figure it out by working at it.
Let me see if I have this right:
Doppler is the diagnostic tool
If the Doppler shows blockage then the person is a candidate for stent procedure?
Is Dake the only one doing the stent procedure in US now?
Does insurance cover?
If not, what is out-of-pocket cost?
How many days do out of town patients stay?