By Mubarak Al-Hajeri
KUWAIT, April 5 (KUNA) -- The Ministry of Health will resume surgeries for
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in a few days following approval of a relevant
protocol for treating this disease.
Health Minister Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer said in a statement to KUNA on Monday
the operations would be conducted after a written approval by the patients and
informing them on possible side-effects of the operation.
He indicated that this surgery is still classified in the testing stage,
has not been accredited by the relevant international health authorities and
warrants further researches to ensure that the patients undergoing such
surgeries would not suffer from serious side-effects.
Dr. Paolo Zamboni, an Italian vascular surgeon, devised an experimental
treatment similar to angioplasty, which involves removing the blockage in the
veins that carry blood to and from the brain. Zamboni gained international
attention after he published a study in 2009 that suggested the treatment was
highly successful in reducing MS symptoms.
However, some experts have expressed concern that the surgery may cause
clots in the brain.
In general, people with MS can experience partial or complete loss of any
function that is controlled by, or passes through, the brain or spinal cord.
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