What is CCSVI Scanning and Endovascular Angioplasty (Liberation Treatment)?

Category: Procedures

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Generic name: CCSVI Chronic Cerebro-Spinal Venous Insufficiency Therapy

The Liberation Treatment involves threading wires through the veins that drain blood from the brain in patients with Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI). When a narrowing is found, a balloon is inserted and inflated. The pressure of the balloon usually opens the narrowed vein.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Multiple sclerosis 22 7
Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency 19 14
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 1 1
Fatigue 1 1
Stiffness/spasticity 1 1
Support circulatory health 1 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 3
None 21

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with CCSVI Scanning and Endovascular Angioplasty (Liberation Treatment)

Side effect Patients
Headaches 1
Ineffective 1
Inguinodynia 1
Pain 1
Pain in lower back 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently having CCSVI Scanning and Endovascular Angioplasty (Liberation Treatment)

Dosage Patients
daily 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 14
Usually 2
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 8
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 13
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 2
Not specified 15

What people switch to and from

Patients started having CCSVI Scanning and Endovascular Angioplasty (Liberation Treatment) after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection (Rebif) 1
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2 patient evaluations for CCSVI Scanning and Endovascular Angioplasty (Liberation Treatment)

Dec 21, 2010 (Started Dec 21, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: Unusual for an ALS patient to go through such a procedure, typically reserved for MS. Before liberation treatement, I use to have low level headache almost every day with at least one major headache. Now I will on occassion get a headache. This improved my quality of life, and who knows pealed away one layer of the ALS disease.

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 18, 2010 (Started Aug 18, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency)
  • Side effects
    Mild (pain in lower back)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: The unexpected benefit was I don't have a problem with hiccups. Otherwise, I had immediate energy and my legs are not spastic. My speech is faster and clearer and I taste things more intensely. I can lie with my legs totally straightened and I lift them higher. My equilibrium seems better.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: pain in lower back

  • 5 helpful marks
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