Fairfield Medical Center Offers Cutting Edge Treatment to Help Dissolve Deadly Blood Clots Associated with Deep Venous Thrombosis
LANCASTER, Ohio (July 27, 2011) – Fairfield Medical Center is offering cutting-edge technology, to treat patients with deadly blood clots. This new technology is known as EKOS ultrasound accelerated thrombolysis.
There are an estimated 600,000 new cases of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) every year in the U.S. It is the major cause of massive Pulmonary Embolism’s (PE), which results in 60,000 deaths annually. 60-70% of patients with DVT develop Post-Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS), resulting in permanent debilitating damage in the affected veins and valves and a deteriorated quality of life. Moreover, up to one-third of patients with PTS develop a severe form, which can include chronic venous leg ulcers.
According to Dr. Krishna Mannava, Vascular Surgeon at Fairfield Medical Center, “We continue to see many patients both in the emergency room and admitted in the hospital with severe DVT requiring immediate treatment. Until now, traditional therapies have included injectable or oral blood thinners that, unfortunately, can take many hours or even days to work. These blood thinners have limited effectiveness because they do not directly dissolve a blood clot.”
The EKOS drug delivery catheter is inserted non-surgically into the affected vein under x-ray guidance. The lytic (clot dissolving) medication is delivered painlessly through the small EKOS catheter, while the ultrasound energy (sound waves) gently perfuses the drug deep into the clot, limiting the amount that escapes into the circulation, preventing bleeding complications. The procedure is well tolerated and typically completed in a short period of time. Most clots are safely dissolved within 24 hours, with both blood flow and venous valve function restored. “I am thrilled with the immediate results and even more encouraged by the potential long-term benefits. It is exciting to see FMC embrace this state-of-the-art technology,” notes Dr. Mannava.
To learn more about EKOS technology at Fairfield Medical Center or for questions regarding blood clots associated with deep venous thrombosis, please call Dr. Mannava’s office at (740) 687-6910.
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