The removal of a clot is called an
embolectomy. An embolectomy might be done during a surgery. Or it might be done with a minimally invasive procedure that uses a catheter (a thin tube that is guided through a blood vessel). This type of treatment for
pulmonary embolism is used only in rare cases. It is considered
for people who can't have other kinds of treatment or those whose clot is so
dangerous that they can't wait for medicine to work. An embolectomy also may
be an option for a person whose condition is stable but who shows signs of
significant reduced blood flow in the pulmonary artery.
What to think about
Surgery increases the risk of
forming new blood clots that can cause another pulmonary embolism.
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March 12, 2014
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