Hundreds of thousands of undocumented therapies occur in clinics world-wide each year under the label of ‘medical tourism’. Even if physicians in these clinics wanted to follow their patients, there has been no method of doing so. Until now. Regenetek Research recognizes that there is a high need for a method and a study design that provides proof of both safety and efficacy for new treatment interventions such as autologous stem cell therapies or unsanctioned vascular surgeries. These types of medical interventions present viable choices for patients beyond conventional drug therapies that only treat symptoms.
In 2009 when Paolo Zamboni came up with an original idea and clinical evidence to associate abnormal pathology in the jugular veins of MS patients to the disease process itself as a possible cause (chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency or CCSVI), it was a shot heard around the medical world. Could a simple two hour non-invasive medical procedure to expand neck veins really ‘cure’ a chronic, often fatal neurodegenerative disease and avoid a lifetime of misery for many MS patients? In 150 years of attempting to treat MS, could this pathophysiological abnormality and its relationship to the disease have been missed? After all, this Italian doctor Zamboni published a study that showed evidence of neurologic improvements and increased function after MS patients underwent the jugular vein-expanding procedure. And what do doctors really know about veins anyway? Not even vascular surgeons work in the veins very much. It all seemed plausible.