On March 3-4, 2011 at the Qubus Hotel Prestige in Katowice, the 1st International Medical Conference: "Endovascular Venous Forum" was held.
It was the first such unprecedented meeting, organized as a part of planned series of conferences on the subject of "Venous Endovascular Forum".
The Conference was addressed primarily to specialists in the field of vascular and endovascular surgery, neurology and cardiology. However, it also attracted the attention of doctors who represent other related specialties and people suffering from multiple sclerosis. To the delight of the organizers, the Conference was attended by approximately 230 participants.
The subject area of the Conference was varied and the speeches covered different areas of CCSVI application. During the two-day session almost 23 speeches were delivered. All speakers are outstanding professionals practising in the field of CCSVI (Cerebro-Spinal Chronic Venous Insufficiency).
Special attention was paid to the issue of standardization and optimization of the so far experimental method of CCSVI treatment. Moreover, discussion panels gave the opportunity to exchange views and experience among specialists from all the leading centers of CCSVI treatment from Poland and other countries from all around the world.
In addition, during the Conference there was an extensive discussion and exchange of views with neurologists, who were so far sceptical about the proposed treatment method and its results. This meeting undoubtedly encouraged the doctors to undertake joint research projects, to expand clinical trials of a innovative treatment of the pathology of chronic venous insufficiency.
Assoc. Marian Simka MD PhD from Poland gave a long-awaited presentation on the effects of the CCSVI treatment. In the presentation he made the following conclusions: according to the preliminary data confirmed by the patients who underwent the procedure, 50% of respondents felt a marked improvement in health, which entails stopping the progress of the disease.
Furthermore, the group of 40% of respondents stated that after the procedure their health condition was balanced. In 10% of patients the treatment did not bring the desired results. Until now, there has been more than five thousand procedures performed in the world (including approximately 1,300 procedures in NZOZ Euromedic Specialists Clinics in Katowice).
Equally important part of the Conference was the discussion about minimizing the risk of vascular complications. During the session two most common issues were discussed, namely thrombosis (blockage of vein, clot formation in the deep venous system) and restenosis (reoccurrence of stenosis).
Summarizing the Conference gives a clear view of the current situation: with such a large clinical trial, the current low level of complications allows for great optimism for further research and treatments.
Nevertheless, we cannot forget about the questions that remain unanswered. The first and most important aspect is how to sustain the positive results of the treatment. Another unknown fact is why CCSVI treatment does not give the same results to all patients.
You are welcome to monitor our website www.vefconference.pl, where fragments of presentations and other interesting materials from the Conference will be published soon. Moreover, we encourage everyone interested in CCSVI treatment to take an active part in the Conference next year.