A minimally invasive procedure, arterial embolectomy involves the removal of a blood clot from an artery. A catheter is then inserted into the femoral artery in order to dislodge and then remove the clot.
Also Known As:
- Arterial surgery
- Embolism surgery
- Femoral artery surgery
Conditions Treated with an Arterial Embolectomy:
Arterial embolectomy is utilized in order to treat ischemia of the lower extremities and peripheral artery embolism.
Blood thinners are a non-surgical alternative to arterial embolectomy. There are no comparable surgical alternatives.
Anesthesia with an Arterial Embolectomy:
Arterial embolectomy can be performed under regional anesthesia. It can also be performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from an Arterial Embolectomy:
Possible risks following arterial embolectomy include heart attack, recurrent embolism and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. In some cases, amputation is necessary.
Prognosis after an Arterial Embolectomy:
The prognosis for a positive end result following arterial embolectomy is good.