1. What is the CCSVI Procedure?
The CCSVI procedure is performed on an outpatient basis at Synergy Health Concepts’ state-of-the-art medical center. The patient will receive conscious sedation to maintain comfort throughout the procedure and the procedure will typically take under an hour to perform.
It is a non-surgical procedure focusing on the jugular veins. An IV is placed into a larger vein in the groin area. From this location, small plastic tubes called catheters are navigated into the neck, chest and abdomen veins using fluoroscopy or X-ray guidance. The catheters are used to take pictures by injecting a dye into the veins to help identify any abnormalities of the veins. In some cases a narrowing within the vein is seen, a small balloon can be placed across the narrowing and inflated. Angioplasty of the blockage can help open the narrowing and restore normal blood flow through the vein. Occasionally, balloon angioplasty does not improve the size of the vein and placement of a small stent is required. Placement of a stent can help open the vein back to its normal size.
2. Do you perform an angiogram during the procedure?
An angiogram is a procedure where x-rays and Iodinated ‘Contrast’ (once called x-ray dye) are used to examine blood vessels, usually arteries. It is commonly used to look at the arteries in the legs, brain and abdomen. Contrast is used to find out if your arteries are narrowed, leaking, enlarged or blocked. It is injected by placing a needle and a thin plastic tube (catheter) into the artery. X-ray pictures will be taken to see how the contrast flows through your arteries. When the procedure is performed in a vein it is called a venogram.
3. Do you perform angioplasty during the procedure?
Angioplasty may be used instead of surgery to deal with narrowed or blocked arteries. An angioplasty and/or stenting are performed as an extra step to the angiogram procedure. An Angioplasty involves the insertion of a balloon into the narrow part of the artery. The balloon is inflated stretching out and opening up the artery. When a vein is dilated it is known as venoplasty.
4. Do you use stents?
Stents are man-made ‘tubes’ constructed of mesh metal, inserted into the vein to prevent, or counteract, a localized flow constriction.
Stents are not a typical part of the treatment. Stents are only used to open injured veins that have become completely blocked. In unusual cases, veins that drain the spine such as the azygos may be compressed by external structures. To relieve venous compression, stents have proven to be both safe and highly effective. Some patients are concerned that stents may dislodge. When stents are used to treat collapsed veins the pressure causing the collapse holds the stent firmly, preventing dislodgment.
5. Do you offer stem cell therapy with your angioplasty?
We have developed a relationship with the Newport Beach Stem Cell Treatment Center Newport Beach Stem-Cell Center. You may now have consecutive stem-cell and Vasovagal therapy (enhanced CCSVI procedure). Our relationship with NBSC, with reduced travel and lodging expenses, allows combined therapy for lowest available expense.