Interventional Radiology

Thrombolysis and Thrombectomy for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Thrombolysis and thrombectomy is the break up and removal of blood clots in the legs, pelvis or lungs.

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT for short is the medical term for blood clots in the legs and pelvis. Risk factors for developing DVT includes major surgery, trauma, genetic mutations, cancers, immobility and air travel. If large blood clots in the legs or pelvis break free, they can travel to the lungs and block blood flow. This can be very dangerous and even deadly. 

Thrombolysis and Thrombectomy

Thrombolysis is performed for three main reasons:

  1. Break up dangerous blood clots
  2. Improve blood flow
  3. Prevent damage to tissue and organs from blood clots

Thrombolysis and thrombectomy is performed by injecting clot-busting medications through a long catheter inserted directly into the clot. Special catheters and tools are used to break up the clot mechanically. The interventional radiologist will use imaging to guide catheter placement and monitor the clot.

IVC Filters are also used to treat patients with DVT.


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