Understanding Your Risk: What Are Thrombectomies?

If you have numbness or tingling in an arm or leg, or if your veins seem swollen, painful, or even cold, there is a chance that you may have a clot along the walls of either a vein or an artery.

But before you begin to worry or panic, you should understand that you have options at hand, all of which you can navigate with local professionals who are dedicated to your overall well-being.

And for this particular concern, you may want to speak to your physician about a thrombectomy.

What Is A Thrombectomy?

A thrombectomy is performed when a patient has a blood clot inside an artery or vein, which can lead to nearby tissue damage as well as swelling, pain, or the failure of certain internal organs

Thus, a thrombectomy is the process by which a surgeon or physician restores the blood flow by removing the clot. The treatment may be completed using either a mechanical catheter that breaks up and removes the clot or by a catheter aspiration that uses suction to pull it out.

How Do Arterial Clots Form? What Happens?

Platelets and proteins in the blood are called clotting factors because they interact to clot and seal the site of a wound when you are cut. This way, the bleeding stops and infection is deterred from entering the body.

While this is typically enacted when the blood vessel is damaged, clotting factors may sometimes begin to perform even when there has been no external damage or cutting. If and when this happens, the clot typically continues to build up, leading to thrombosis of the artery.

This may also happen as a result of the buildup of fatty deposits along the arterial walls of the arteries, causing the area to harden and/or narrow. Thus, patients may be at risk if they:

  • Smoke
  • Drink alcohol regularly
  • Have diabetes
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Are obese

If you believe you may be at risk for developing venous thrombosis, it’s important to not wait until a thrombectomy becomes necessary. Instead, contact Duval Vascular Center today to schedule a free vein screening, assess your risk, and find the right solutions. Call us today at (904) 518-1398 to schedule your appointment!