An embolus is a blood clot, fat, air, or other material that is carried through the blood stream. If the embolus gets stuck in a blood vessel and blocks blood flow, it can be a life threatening emergency.
A venous embolus can come from any vein in the body, but often starts as a blood clot (thrombus) in a blood vessel in the legs, called deep vein thrombosis or DVT. An embolus that starts in a vein of the legs or arms is more likely to get stuck in the pulmonary artery (the blood vessel that takes blood from the heart to the lungs to pick up oxygen). This is called a pulmonary embolus.
An arterial embolus usually starts in the heart or large arteries, such as the carotid artery in the neck. An arterial embolus is more likely to travel to the brain and cause a stroke. An arterial embolus may also travel to the arms or legs and get stuck in smaller blood vessels, causing tissue to die due to lack of blood supply.
An embolus is usually treated with medicine to dissolve it. If medicine doesn’t work, you may need surgery to remove the embolus, called an embolectomy. Clinic Center offers embolectomy surgery in Turkey performed by a specialized cardiology team at affordable rates. If you would like more information, please contact us
Clinic Center is registered in the UK and has an office in London. If you would like to speak to a consultant face to face, before coming to Istanbul, you are welcome to visit our office if you can’t come to London or the hours don’t suit you, then you can have a video consultation .
Who needs Embolectomy?
Embolectomy is normally performed on patients with pulmonary embolism (formed from venous embolisms) and also for patients with persisting shock despite supportive care and who have an absolute contraindication for thrombolytic therapy.
How is embolectomy performed?
Before the procedure:
- Your healthcare provider will ask you to sign a consent form for an embolectomy. The consent form will state the reason you are having the procedure, what happens during the procedure, and what you may expect afterward.
- Tell your healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicines.
- Tell your healthcare provider if you are taking any medicines, including nonprescription drugs, herbal remedies, or illegal drugs (if any).
- You will have a small tube (IV catheter) inserted into a vein in your hand or arm. This will allow for medicine to be given directly into your blood and to give you fluids, if needed.
During the procedure:
- You may be given a sedative, which will help you to relax. This is usually given in your vein (IV).
- You will be given medicines to prevent pain during your surgery. This is usually done with general anaesthesia, which relaxes your muscles and puts you to sleep. A breathing tube is usually put in your throat when you have general anaesthesia.
- You may have a small tube (catheter) placed into your bladder through the urethra (the opening from the bladder to the outside of the body) to drain and measure urine from the bladder.
- Your blood oxygen level may be monitored by a sensor that is attached to your finger or earlobe.
- A cardiac (heart) monitor will be used to keep track of your heart rate and rhythm.
- The surgeon will make a cut in the area over the blood vessel with the clot.
- The blood vessel will be cut and the clot removed.
- The blood vessel and the skin will be stitched closed.
- In some cases the surgeon may place a small filter in a blood vessel to prevent blood clots from getting into the heart and lungs.
After the procedure:
- You will be checked often by nursing staff.
- There will be a dressing on the incision. The dressing will be checked and changed by your provider or the nursing staff as needed.
- Your provider may prescribe medicine to:
- Treat pain
- Treat or prevent an infection
- Relax and widen blood vessels and allow blood to flow through them easier
- Help prevent blood clots
- Control cholesterol levels
- Your blood oxygen level will be monitored by a sensor that is attached to your finger or earlobe.
- A cardiac (heart) monitor will be used to keep track of your heart rate and rhythm.
- If a drain has been left in the wound, it will be checked and emptied regularly.
How long you stay in the hospital depends on many factors and your Clinic Center cardiologist may determine this. The average amount of time to stay in the hospital after embolectomy is 4 to 6 days.
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Embolectomy Procedure in Turkey All Inclusive Package
When patients come for a surgery, it is normal that they’d want everything to be in all in one, transfers, hotel etc. We as Clinic Center agree and because of this we have packages. Our packages include hotel, airport transfers, the surgery, check-up and aftercare in the UK. In our packages patients receive these:
Internationally Certified Doctors
Clinic Center partner cardiologist(s) is/ are picked after a close examination and once we are satisfied with their expertise, we become partners. With us our patients are always in good hands.
If the patient has stayed at the hospital, on the discharge day, Clinic Center partner cardiologist or host will inform the patient of the check up day and doctor with also provide the patient with aftercare information so that the patient can have a successful recovery. More information about our aftercare can be reached here: https://cliniccenter.co.uk/aftercare-service
Accommodation at a 4-star Hotel
Anyone would need a proper rest after any sort of surgery or a plane trip. That is why Clinic Center ensures that all of their patients have the best and comfortable stay until it is time for them to go back home.
Transfers with VIP car
We provide transfers between airport-hotel-hospital.
International Patient Host
Travelling abroad for surgery can be quite daunting. Especially If it is a country that the patient has never been to before and doesn’t speak the language. The patient or patients can think what are they going do to when they arrive? How will they find the doctor or the hospital? Who is going to tell them what is happening or going to happen? Mainly for these reasons, Clinic Center has our patients with an international patient host that will accompany the them during their medical travel. So our patients can just think of getting ready for the procedure and nothing else.
Fast Facts About Angioplasty (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention)
|Length Of Procedure||3-6 hours|
|Recovery Period||6-12 weeks|
|Incision||Depending on the technique, you will either have small incisions on your chest. Or a long one.|
|Hospital Stay||1 week|
|Exercise||Walking is okay after surgery. But don’t do anything strenuous.|
|What To Bring||Comfortable clothes, a list of medicines you are taking and need to take, basic toiletries. Don’t bring valuables(jewellery etc.)|
|Result||Most people feel good and may remain symptom free for 10-15 years. Results and long term outcome depends on if you have a healthy lifestyle and if your are taking your medications.|
Embolectomy in Turkey FAQs
What are the benefits of having embolectomy?
The aim of the operation is to clear the blocked arteries of blood clot and to restore the circulation back to normal. If the ischaemia (lack of blood) is severe and prolonged there is a risk of permanent damage to the muscles and nerves of the limb with a risk of major amputation and even a risk to your life unless surgery is undertaken.
What are the risks?
Common complications include postoperative bruising, wound infection, seroma It may be necessary to treat infections with intravenous antibiotics and drain lymph collections by needle aspiration. If there has been bleeding under the wound an additional operation may be required to remove a haematoma (blood clot under the wound).
What happens if I decide not to have treatment?
The acute ischaemia may progress causing the tissues of the arm or leg to die resulting in gangrene. This will give you a life threatening risk.
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