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Thrombolysis Procedures


Peripheral artery disease may lead to leg pain or arm pain due to deep vein thrombosis, a condition caused by trauma, injury, limited mobility, or a clotting disorder restricting blood supply. Treatment alternatives to address this disorder could include drug therapy or surgery, or both.

Mechanical Thrombectomy

Vascular surgeons on the medical staff at Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital perform a surgical procedure known as percutaneous mechanical thrombectomy, inserting a guide wire through a sheath in the femoral vein, advancing the wire past the clot, and passing a catheter over the wire to the blocked area. Antithrombotic drugs are administered through the catheter to dissolve any remaining clot fragments, and medical therapy is recommended for long-term anticoagulation following the procedure. A related procedure is surgical venous thrombectomy, removal of a deep vein clot in which a catheter is inserted through a small incision in the affected vein for patients with a severe blockage.

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