What is PharmacoMechanical Thrombectomy? (PMT)
PMT is the latest technique of dissolving blood clots.
Reopening clotted veins has shown to reduce the risk of PTS (post thrombotic syndrome)
How PMT is Done
A small catheter is put directly into the clotted vein through a portion of the vein that is not clotted. High pressure pulse spray of the thrombolytic (clot dissolving) agent is delivered to the entire length of the clotted vein. It is left to sit for thirty minutes to penetrate the clot. Then the dissolved clot is suctioned out of the vein with a special technology that will not suck the wall of the vein in or suck out too much normal blood.
Advantages of PMT
- Only a small amount of thrombolytic is required
- Bleeding risk is low
- It can be done as an outpatient or in our Charlotte Office Based Surgical Center
PharmacoMechanical Thrombectomy Limitations
- Clots cannot be effectively dissolved if more than 2-3 weeks old
- Only proven effective in clots in the upper thigh and pelvis
- Dissolving clots in the mid thigh or below does not reduce PTS
- Blood thinners will be required after the procedure for months and maybe permanently
Schedule a Consultation
TO learn more about PharmacoMechanical Thrombectomy, call 704-544-5245 to schedule a consultation. Vein Specialists of the Carolinas serves Charlotte, Gastonia, and surrounding areas in North Carolina.