Thrombectomy

When a blood clot forms in your leg (deep vein thrombosis), it can break free and travel to your lungs (pulmonary embolism). Thrombectomy is a safe and effective treatment for eliminating these blockages. It is performed by our experienced vascular team in our dedicated vascular center.

What to expect during treatment

Also known as mechanical thrombectomy, this procedure represents a minimally invasive approach to removing blood clots before serious damage occurs. Your vascular specialist will inject a contrast dye to help locate the clot using X-ray guidance. The clot is then broken up and removed through a tiny tube called a catheter, which is inserted through a vein into the groin or arm and threaded to the location of the clot.

Thrombectomy takes two to three hours and is performed under sedation and local anesthesia. It is considered a proven treatment for severe clotting that can help quickly restore your blood flow and reduce the medications you will have to take. This procedure does come with risks, particularly for people over 65 and those with a bleeding condition. Your doctor will discuss the risks with you to determine if this procedure is right for you.

Post-treatment

  • Your recovery time will depend on the size and seriousness of the clot, your health, and your medical history.