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An embolus is a mass of fat, air or other material carried by the blood circulation, which has the potential to clog or block a blood vessel and cause a life threatening emergency. Embolectomy is a procedure performed to remove an embolus.

Embolectomy is performed under general anesthesia. The site of your blood clot is located in your blood vessels and your doctor makes an incision in your skin near the groin or neck. Your surgeon inserts a catheter (small tube) through a blood vessel in your groin or neck, and moves it to the region of the clot. The clot may then be removed using the following techniques:

  • Catheter (balloon): A balloon attached at the end of the catheter is advanced to the site of the clot and inflated to compress the clot. The clot is then pulled towards the incision and removed.
  • Catheter (suction): The mass is broken up using a suction device, and the pieces are removed.
  • Catheter (injection): Medicines are injected through the catheter to dissolve the mass.

The blood flow in your vessels is then checked and the incision is closed with the help of sutures.

Like all surgeries, embolectomy may have certain side effects such as infection, bleeding or bruising, aneurysm, and in very rare cases, death.

NMC Heartcare provides specialized and experienced interventional cardiologists and the best available quality treatments. For further information regarding Embolectomy, please contact NMC Heartcare.

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