By Karin McCay| email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Deep Vein Thrombosis occurs when a clot forms in the deep veins of the leg or arm. If it breaks loose, it can move to the lungs and be fatal, which is what killed NBC reporter, David Bloom, seven years ago.
Thankfully, a new procedure is getting rid of DVT before it becomes a crisis. Dr. Brian Bruening is the first to bring the procedure to Lubbock, and he says that "it accomplishes three things. Number 1 is it removes the clot. Number 2, it prevents pulmonary embolism that causes potential fatal complications, and number 3 prevents long term pain and swelling.
The procedure uses an electronic catheter, which isolates the clots between two balloons. Then, when clot busting drugs reach the clot, the device vibrates and pulverizes the clot. It is then sucked out through an aspirator. It takes about 2 hours to remove the clot, and eliminate pain and swelling. The procedure has an 83 percent success rate. The procedure has been done 20 times, and Dr. Bruening says they've been successful every time. The new device is FDA cleared, and the procedure is covered by insurance.
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