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Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatment

The Deep Vein Thrombosis Program at John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital
19829 N. 27th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85027
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A breakthrough deep vein thrombosis treatment is now available at the John C. Lincoln Deep Vein Thrombosis Program, at Deer Valley Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.

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How John C. Lincoln's advanced deep vein thrombosis treatment works: Once guided to the blood clot, an AngioJet catheter creates a powerful fluid flow, drawing the clot toward the inflow windows. Inside the catheter, saline jets break the clot into microscopic particles, which are removed from the body.

In John C. Lincoln's deep vein thrombosis treatment, specially trained interventional radiologists perform a minimally invasive, nonsurgical procedure that breaks apart, softens and suctions blood clots from legs.

The procedure can be done on an outpatient basis and carries much less risk of internal bleeding associated with traditional drug-based treatments for DVT.

After this deep vein thrombosis treatment, pain related to the deep-vein blood clot usually disappears overnight, and swelling is typically gone within 10 days. Patients are more likely to return to their previous level of physical activity.

How Our Treatment Works

John C. Lincoln uses an aggressive treatment for DVT: the AngioJet Rheolytic Thrombectomy System, the world's leading mechanical clot-removing system.

Think of AngioJet as one part pharmaceutical roto-rooter, one part vacuum cleaner. Using imaging technology, interventional radiologists guide a highly sophisticated catheter through a deep vein in the leg, to reach the clot.

While the patient is under local anesthetic, a flexible wire is extended down the vein. A specialized catheter is run along this wire to the site of the clot.

At the clot, AngioJet sprays a clot-busting drug, called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), to break apart and soften the clot. The catheter's vacuum then suctions the tiny pieces of blood clot out of the body. A filter prevents any bits from escaping into the blood stream, where they could wreak havoc in other parts of the body.

Sometimes a mechanical stent is installed to prevent the stressed vein from collapsing and prevent future clot development at the site.

As a minimally invasive treatment, AngioJet improves quality of life following the procedure. Compared with traditional treatment for DVT, hospital stays can be shortened or eliminated. No incisions or special surgery are required.

A Safer Alternative to Traditional Treatment for DVT

The AngioJet system represents a bold alternative to typical DVT treatment, in which patients are prescribed anticoagulation medications (blood thinners) and may be required to wear tight-fitting compression stockings. Depending on the severity and location of the blood clot, traditional treatment may span several months and require numerous follow-up physician visits.

While medication can stabilize a deep-vein blood clot and stockings aid circulation, they do nothing to destroy a clot or prevent it from traveling to the lungs. A clot can cause pulmonary embolism, the leading complication of deep vein thrombosis.

By comparison, the AngioJet offers a number of dramatic benefits:

  • Hospitalization is reduced.
  • Exposure to blood-thinning drugs is lessened.
  • Long-term damage to veins is minimized.
  • DVT symptoms typically disappear within 7 to 10 days.

For three months following treatment, patients are given blood-thinning medications, as a precaution against the formation of a new clot.