The term thrombus is another name for a blood clot in the circulatory system. A venous thrombus is one that is reducing blood flow back to the heart. It is an acute condition. This means it occurs suddenly and is severe. A venous thrombectomy is a procedure for removing a clot and restoring blood flow.
Reducing Pain and Swelling
A venous thrombosis causes pain and swelling of the extremities. These symptoms most commonly occur in the feet and ankles. By removing the clot, a venous thrombectomy allows blood to flow more freely. You then experience a decrease in pain and swelling.
How a Venous Thrombectomy is Performed
The time required for a venous thrombectomy varies. It is based on factors like the location of the clot, its size, and others. The treatment is typically an outpatient procedure. That means that no overnight stay is required. You go home after the procedure and an observation period of 2-4 hours.
To perform a venous thrombectomy, your doctor uses conscious sedation. This means you’re awake and breathing on your own, but relaxed and feeling no pain. Guided by an ultrasound image, the doctor pokes a small hole in a vein and inserts a thin tube called a catheter. This catheter is maneuvered to the clot. Then one or more techniques are used to dissolve or extract the thrombus.
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