Sentara is removing clots without open-heart surgery
Sentara Healthcare continues to lead the innovation charge by using a catheter to remove blood clots from the heart. When large blood clots are discovered inside the right atrial chamber of the heart, and clot-dissolving medication fails, the clot can come loose and turn into a life-threatening pulmonary embolism or stroke.
At Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, a fellowship-trained vascular surgeon will work with a cardiothoracic surgeon and cardiologist using a catheter-based device, X-ray, and ultrasound guidance to vacuum the targeted clot out of the heart. This allows our team to safely extract the clot, preventing the patient from having to undergo invasive open-heart surgery.
Clot Vacuum Fast Facts
- Procedure used only when clot-dissolving medication fails
- Vacuums blood clots using a catheter-based procedure
- Only performed in a state-of-the-art hybrid operating room
- Avoids invasive open-heart surgery