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Treatment / Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis Thrombectomy

Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis Thrombectomy

When blood does not flow smoothly, it can begin to coagulate, turning from a free flowing liquid to a blood clot or thrombus.

Thrombolysis is a minimally invasive treatment where your interventional radiologist will use image guidance to direct a catheter to the site of the blockage. Once the catheter is in place, a clot-dissolving medication will be delivered through the catheter over several minutes.

Thrombectomy is a minimally invasive treatment where your interventional radiologist will use image guidance to direct a catheter to a site of the blockage. Once the catheter is in place, a mechanical device will be deployed at the site to break up the clot.

Recovery

These procedures are typically performed as an outpatient procedure and lasts about an hour. Afterwards you will rest in a recovery area for a while before you are sent home or to dialysis.

Most patients can resume normal activities the next day; however you should avoid lifting heavy objects and strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours. If you notice any signs of pain or bleeding where the catheter was inserted, you should lie down and apply pressure to the site and call your physician.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call IVC at 503-612-0498.

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