Clot Removal

In cases of extensive clotting, minimally invasive interventional procedures may be performed. These use special catheters equipped with inflating balloons, rotating catheters or fluid jet devices. Used together with clot-dissolving medications, they break down and remove the clot.

What to Expect

Some clots are treated with a new type of heparin (blood thinning drug), administered through an injection once or twice a day to shorten the hospital stay or eliminate the need for hospitalization. Patients who undergo clot removal typically must remain on warfarin for several months and have their blood-clotting factors monitored frequently.