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Mechanical thrombectomy

  • Mechanical thrombectomy is a minimally invasive procedure to remove blood clots from arteries, restoring blood flow, often used in stroke treatment.


  • Mechanical thrombectomy is an advanced and minimally invasive medical procedure used to treat acute ischemic strokes, a condition where a blood clot blocks a blood vessel in the brain, depriving it of oxygen and nutrients. As a physician, I want to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of this life-saving treatment.

    1. Diagnosis and Evaluation:

    Before considering mechanical thrombectomy, we perform a rapid and thorough evaluation to diagnose an acute ischemic stroke. Imaging techniques such as computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans help us determine the location and extent of the blockage. This assessment is critical to identify patients who may benefit from mechanical thrombectomy.

    2. Time Sensitivity:

    Timing is crucial in acute ischemic stroke treatment. Mechanical thrombectomy is most effective when performed as quickly as possible. It is typically recommended within a certain time window after the onset of symptoms, usually within 6 hours of symptom onset, though some cases may extend this window up to 24 hours under specific conditions. This time frame depends on various factors, including the patient's individual situation.

    3. Preparing for Thrombectomy:

    Once we confirm the need for mechanical thrombectomy, we explain the procedure in detail to the patient and their family, addressing any questions or concerns. We may administer clot-dissolving medications like tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) before the procedure if appropriate.

    4. The Thrombectomy Procedure:

    Mechanical thrombectomy is performed in an interventional radiology suite or angiography suite, and it is a minimally invasive procedure. A small incision is made, often in the groin area, and a catheter is inserted into a large blood vessel, typically the femoral artery. This catheter is carefully threaded through the arterial system under real-time fluoroscopy and advanced imaging guidance to reach the site of the blocked blood vessel in the brain.

    5. Thrombus Removal:

    Once the catheter reaches the clot site, we use specialized devices like stent retrievers or aspiration catheters to physically remove or break down the clot. Stent retrievers are designed to capture and extract the clot, while aspiration catheters use suction to remove the clot fragments. This process quickly restores blood flow to the affected area of the brain.

    6. Post-Thrombectomy Assessment:

    After removing the clot, we use imaging, often angiography, to confirm that the blood vessel is successfully revascularized and that normal blood flow is restored. This assessment is crucial to ensure the procedure's effectiveness.

    7. Recovery and Rehabilitation:

    Following the procedure, the patient is closely monitored in a stroke unit. Stroke rehabilitation may be initiated to aid recovery and improve functional outcomes. The patient's condition and progress are closely tracked through imaging and clinical evaluations.

    Benefits of Mechanical Thrombectomy:

    Rapid restoration of blood flow: Mechanical thrombectomy quickly reopens blocked blood vessels, reducing brain damage.

    Improved outcomes: It can significantly improve the chances of a better recovery and reduced disability.

    Lower risk of bleeding: Mechanical thrombectomy can be a safer option than using clot-dissolving medications alone.

    Risks and Considerations:

    While mechanical thrombectomy is generally considered safe and highly effective, there are potential risks, including vessel injury, complications related to anesthesia, or procedural complications. The benefits of this procedure, however, often outweigh the risks in carefully selected cases.

    In summary, mechanical thrombectomy is an advanced and time-sensitive procedure that plays a crucial role in the treatment of acute ischemic strokes. If you or a loved one experiences stroke symptoms, it is essential to seek immediate medical attention to determine if mechanical thrombectomy or other stroke treatments are appropriate. Our primary goal is to restore blood flow, minimize brain damage, and optimize your chances of a successful recovery. Your well-being and recovery are our utmost priority.