VESA-LA is one the first in Los Angeles County to use the ClotTriever® System for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The ClotTriever® System is an FDA cleared mechanical thrombectomy device specifically designed to core and collect thrombus from the vein wall in a single session without the need for thrombolytics and consequent ICU stay.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the formation of blood clots within a deep vein, predominantly in the legs. Symptoms include lower extremity swelling, redness, warmth, and pain. In more severe cases, clots may detach and travels to the lungs resulting in a pulmonary embolism, which can be a potentially life-threating medical emergency.
Anticoagulation or blood thinner is the most common treatment for deep vein thrombosis. However, anticoagulation only prevents new clots from forming and will not actively breakdown existing clots. Intervention with thrombolytics (tPA) or “clot busting” drugs help to dissolve clots for patients with moderate to severe DVT. Conversely, this treatment is associated with a higher risk of major and fatal bleeding and requires an ICU stay1. “Physician quote…The ClotTriever procedure a is clinically proven, minimally invasive and safe approach for iliofemoral DVT”.
The ClotTriever® System features a sheath with a self-expanding nitinol mesh funnel and a catheter with a nitinol coring element and braided collection bag designed to core and collect clot for extraction. The procedure is typically completed in less than one hour and patients often experience symptom improvement shortly after the procedure is complete.“
ClotTriever is an important new option for the treatment of DVT. Patients suffering from DVT now have an option of a single-session treatment that avoids the use of thrombolytics, and ICU stay,” said Doctor who has performed dozens of ClotTriever procedures. “Because of its low bleeding risk, immediate symptom improvement and faster patient recovery, I believe ClotTriever is great option for patients with moderate to severe DVT.