Pharmacomechanical thrombolysis is a 30-minute outpatient procedure which 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, pharmacomechanical 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 pharmacomechanical thrombolysis and the technique is associated with a lower risk of bleeding and other complications.
The pharmacomechanical 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 are inflated 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 can be mechanically broken down into tiny pieces. These tiny bits are aspirated 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
Patients throughout Waldorf, Maryland have found relief from Waldorf varicose veins and spider veins at The Center for Vein Restoration with Dr. Sanjiv Lakhanpal and a very highly trained and experienced team. These conditions may lead to embarrassment for many individuals due to their often unsightly appearance, which may also lead to self-consciousness for many individuals. Waldorf varicose veins may even cause pain and heaviness in the legs, making treatment very important for many individuals in the community.
There is a variety of Waldorf varicose veins and spider veins treatments offered at this clinic to help ensure that patients are provided with ample choice when seeking treatment for these venous conditions. Among the treatments and procedures available at this facility are ambulatory phlebectomy, endovenous laser ablation, foam sclerotherapy, compression stockings, radiofrequency occlusion, EVLT, VNUS and many others. For more information about these and other treatments, patients should seek consultation with a medical professional.