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Pharmaco-mechanical thrombolysis is a 30-minute outpatient procedure that is used to remove clots located in the deeper veins of the body. The technique uses two modalities: application of clot-dissolving agents directly to the clot and mechanical maceration to help break the clot apart. The mechanical motion also allows for a more thorough dispersion of the clot-dissolving agent, helping to soften the clot and prepare it for removal.
Traditional thrombolysis techniques rely solely on the use of these clot-dissolving agents to slowly dissolve clots over several hours to several days. By contrast, pharmaco-mechanical thrombolysis can remove clots within a few moments, requiring far less potentially harmful clot-dissolving agents than traditional thrombolysis. As a result, recovery is shorter with pharmaco-mechanical thrombolysis and the technique is associated with a lower risk of bleeding and other complications. The pharmaco-mechanical thrombolysis technique itself is usually performed under sedation and begins with the insertion of a long, flexible catheter into the vein that contains the clot. The catheter is advanced through the vein until it emerges on the far side of the clot.
Tiny balloons located on either side of the clot inflate to securely partition the clot from the rest of the bloodstream. Once these tiny balloons are successfully inflated, clot-dissolving agents can be safely administered directly to the area and the clot is mechanically broken down into tiny pieces. These tiny bits are blown out through the hollow end of the catheter. After the material is cleared, the balloons are deflated and the catheter is removed from the body. Recovery is brief, and most individuals can resume normal activity shortly after the procedure.
About Center for Vein Restoration
The Center for Vein Restoration is nationally recognized as the leader in the treatment of varicose and spider veins. In fact, venous insufficiency, the cause of varicose veins and spider veins, is our sole focus – we are dedicated to relieving leg pain, treating the vascular cause of severe leg wounds, and eliminating unsightly veins, allowing our patients to look better, feel better and live better.
With 16 locations and growing, we have assembled the most qualified and experienced team of physicians, researchers and staff to serve patients across Maryland, Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Western Michigan.
We are unique among vein clinics for several reasons. First, we are proud that we employ some of the highest caliber surgeons and medical teams in the profession. Second, we offer a complete array of clinical procedures for the treatment of vein disease, dealing with root causes and serious health issues, not just improving our patients’ appearance. Third, our staff researchers, while working to refine the work we do every day, are also looking to the future, researching new methods and technologies to improve the practice of vascular medicine.
Finally, we are proud to say we are the largest organization of our kind, conducting more varicose vein and spider vein procedures than any vein clinic. Why is this important? Our practice is built on experience, expertise and trust. Our patients can be assured that when they call us for a consultation they’re dealing with the most knowledgeable professionals possible who can provide them the safest, most positive experience possible. d to say we are the largest organization of our kind, conducting more varicose vein and spider vein procedures than any vein clinic. Why is this important? Our practice is built on experience, expertise and trust. Our patients can be assured that when they call us for a consultation they’re dealing with the most knowledgeable professionals possible who can provide them the safest, most positive experience possible.
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