What is a pulmonary thrombectomy?

A thrombectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to remove blood clots from arteries. Blood clots can block the normal flow of blood to a part of the body. This can cause life-threatening conditions such as pulmonary embolism or an acute stroke.

During a pulmonary thrombectomy procedure, the surgeon will insert a catheter into the patient’s blood vessel to remove the blockage and restore blood flow to the lungs.

Depending on the location of the clot and severity of the blockage, emergent treatment is often needed.

Why would you need Pulmonary Thrombectomy?

Pulmonary thrombectomies are performed in order to remove a blood clot that is blocking blood flow to the lungs.

Risks Involved

Our ability to use imaging guidance and cutting-edge technology minimizes patient risk. Prior to your procedure, your physician will discuss any potential risks with you.

Conditions to let us know about

Let your doctor know if you currently are pregnant or breast feeding, feeling ill, have a fever, or are taking any blood thinners.

Insurance coverage

Pulmonary thrombectomy is covered by most private insurance providers as well as Medicare. We will seek authorization from your insurance company prior to your procedure.

Recovering from your procedure

You may possibly receive mild to moderate sedation during your procedure. You will stay in the hospital after your procedure. You will be given written post procedure discharge instructions that will advise you about return to normal physical activity. If you have any questions after your procedure, please call the RIA Interventional Suite at 720-493-3406.

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