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- Initial FREE Evaluation with comprehensive ultrasound
- EVLT (Laser Ablation)
- RFA (Radio Frequency Ablation)
- Foam Sclerotherapy / Varithena
- Spider Vein Therapy
- Micro Phlebectomy (Vein Stripping)
- Intravenous Ultrasound (IVUS)
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- Compression Therapy
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Mechanical thrombectomy, or simply thrombectomy, is the interventional procedure of removing a blood clot (thrombus) from a blood vessel.
Surgical thrombectomy is a type of surgery to remove a blood clot from inside an artery or vein.
Normally, blood flows freely through your blood vessels, arteries, and veins. Your arteries carry blood with oxygen and nutrients to your body. Your veins carry waste products back to the heart. In some cases, the blood thickens and clumps to form a blood clot in one of these vessels. This can block the blood flow. When blood flow is blocked, nearby tissues can be damaged.
During a surgical thrombectomy, a surgeon makes an incision into a blood vessel. The clot is removed, and the blood vessel is repaired. This restores blood flow. In some cases, a balloon or other device may be put in the blood vessel to help keep it open.
You might need surgical thrombectomy if you have a blood clot in an artery or vein. This surgery is often needed for a blood clot in an arm or leg. In some cases, it may also be needed for a blood clot in an organ or other part of the body.
A blood clot can lead to many possible problems, such as:
- Swelling, pain, numbness, or tingling in an arm or leg
- A cold feeling in the area
- Muscle pain in the area
- Enlarged veins (postthrombotic syndrome)
- Death of tissue
- Loss of function of an organ
- Blood clot moving to the lung that causes breathing trouble and risk of death (pulmonary embolism)
Your doctor might advise surgical thrombectomy if you have a very large clot. Or, he or she may advise surgery if your blood clot is causing severe tissue injury. Surgery is not the only kind of treatment for a blood clot. Most people with blood clots are treated with medicines called blood thinners. These are given as an injection or through an IV. They can prevent a blood clot from getting larger.
All treatments for blood clots have their own risks and benefits. Ask your doctor if surgical thrombectomy might be a good choice for you. You might find it helpful to talk to a doctor who specializes in blood vessel problems. This type of doctor is called a vascular specialist.