What is a Venous Thrombectomy?

A venous thrombectomy is a surgical procedure used to remove a vein clot. This procedure is incredibly rare as it is primarily used to treat an uncommon complication of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) known as phlegmasia cerulea dolens.

Success of Surgery

A venous thrombectomy procedure has a success rate of 70-100% when used in addition to one or more of the following treatments:

  • Angioplasty and stenting
  • Thrombolysis
  • A vena cava filter
  • Anticoagulant medications

Symptoms Associated with a Venous Thrombectomy

As this is a rare condition, it can be difficult to detect when a venous thrombectomy may be necessary for a patient with DVT. However, some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Severe DVT or phlegmasia cerulea dolens
  • DVT that is resistant to anticoagulation treatments
  • Patients who are pregnant
  • Individuals not suited for thrombolysis or anticoagulation treatments

Risk Factors

There are of course several different factors associated with complications of a venous thrombectomy such as:

  • Patients above the age of 65
  • Those with bleeding tendencies
  • Individuals allergic to contrast dye
  • Any patient with a related health condition such as hypertension, congestive heart failure, or poor kidney function

More From Bay Cardiovascular Surgery

Bay Cardiovascular Surgery is comprised of a specialty trained Cardiovascular Surgeon, Lofton N. Misick, M.D., FACS. To speak with Dr. Misick about your venous thrombectomy or other cardiac concerns, please request an appointment or call our office today at (361) 902-1722.