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Overview: A thrombectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of a thrombus (blood clot) under image guidance. Thrombectomy surgery is performed on arterial embolism-an arterial blockage caused by atrial fibrillation(heart rhythm disorder). Arterial embolism leads to restricted blood supply which causes pain in the affected area.
Your doctor may suggest that you have a thrombectomy as a treatment option for stroke or for mesenteric ischaemia, where the blood flow in your small intestine is restricted due to inflammation or injury.Learn More
You doctor will insert a 3 mm plastic tube (called a sheath) into the base of your skull or your groin. This technique will guide the sheath to the blood clot. The blood clot can be removed using a vacuum to suck the thrombus out, or mechanical equipment to break up the clot, or with clot using saline jets or ultrasound waves. The devices used in these techniques are inserted over the sheath into the affected artery. In some cases, patients also need additional catheter thrombolysis, a procedure in which clot-dissolving medication is delivered to the clot under X-ray imaging.
Smoking: Nicotine and other chemicals in cigarettes and cigars can cause blood vessel and lung damage. After the surgery, you will be advised to quit smoking.
Exercises: An active lifestyle can help prevent blood clots.You will be advised to take morning or evening walks for 30 minutes everyday.Learn Less
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