The surgery helps in removing deadly chronic clots of blood from the blood vessels of the lungs which could not be treated with medication.
Steps to be taken before Arterial Thromboendarterectomy
Our team of doctors at Medanta will prepare you for all kind of pre-surgery procedures. The surgery is delicate and difficult, but our team of doctors will ensure that you are in good health to undergo the surgery, and you get an appropriate diagnosis.
What happens during the procedure?
The chest of the patient is opened through their sternum, and a small cut is made in the pulmonary artery. The blood clots are then very carefully removed. The old clotted material is more carefully deconstructed. During the surgery, the patient’s heart might stop working, and the patient has to be placed on a heart-lung bypass machine.
After Arterial Thromboendarterectomy
After the surgery is done, the patient will be placed in a cardiac intensive care unit for about 3 to 10 days. The patient will be required to visit the doctor for blood tests and other examination to make sure the blood thinners are at a proper level. Generally, the patients are only allowed to return home after 3 weeks.